How to Improve Interview Skills & Techniques

How to sell yourself better well stick around because in this blog I’m going to share with you some tips on how to get better at interviewing hey everybody it’s brian from life after a layoff and today I want to share with you how to get better at interviewing. I know that this is probably one of the most common reasons. You can apply pretty easily in order to get better at that interviewing process because let’s face it most people are not interviewing very frequently so this is not something that comes naturally but with a little bit of practice, we can help get you across that finish line and as a corporate recruiter with over 20 years of experience interviewing and hiring thousands of people into some of the world’s largest and most well-known companies. I think I know a thing or two about how to ace that interview so you come to the right place if you’re looking for some tips. How do we get better at interviewing there’s a lot of strategies that you can apply. When you’re in an interviewing situation, so let’s cover a few major things that you should be focused?

  1. Know your story
  2. Know your audience
  3. Develop Core skills
  4. do research
  5. Ask Questions
  6. Practice
  7. Don’t over prepare
  8. Get help 

know your story

the first thing that you should be doing is knowing your story. so what do i mean by knowing your story when you enter into an interview you should already have a great idea of what makes you unique and that’s really the name of the game in the interview is pairing the right person with the right opportunity and you need to show the interviewer that you are the perfect fit so make sure you have your stories in line you should have a very clear understanding of what you’ve already accomplished and you should get your facts all ironed out before you walk in the door because you don’t want to be coming across as wishy-washy in the interview especially when you’re challenged on things that you put on your resume and remember anything that you put on your resume is fair game for an interviewer to challenge you and deeply probe it so if you put something specific and technical on your resume you better be sure that you can back it up so get those facts straight make sure you have all of your numbers all of your measurables and all of your deliverables that make sense and something that you can justify because if you stumble on those things you’re just going to open up the door for the interviewer to go deeper into your background and really try to understand if you’ve actually done what you claim you have and the key to a successful interview is making sure that you effectively sell why you’re the best fit for the role and to solve that business problem.

Know your audience

know your audience in the interviewing process. you are going to be meeting with several different key stakeholders in the business. the first is the gatekeeper which is typically the corporate recruiter that would be me and typically after me then it’s the hiring manager next and if that’s successful. you’re going to meet with a variety of business stakeholders here’s the thing each one of us has a different agenda so the astute interviewer is going to know what each party is looking for and cater their answers to reflect that and the best interviewees are very adept at pivoting and making sure that the interviewer knows very clearly why they’re the best fit because if you just come in with the same generic sales pitch for everybody it’s going to be very unlikely that you’re going to be able to hit that interview out of the park so knowing your audience.

Develop Core skills

The next major thing that i’m going to suggest is to develop your core skills in just about every job no matter what it is there are certain core skills that everybody should be developing and if you don’t have these core skills this is your opportunity to really start to develop them things like time management adaptability and problem solving will be a key foundation to just about every interview that you’ll be in if you’re weak on technical skills related to the job then that’s something that you definitely need to focus on prior to your interview because if you’re weak on any one of those things you’re going to have the same repetitive issues of going into an interview not being able to demonstrate those core competencies and getting that rejection letter and so to be clear what we’re trying to do is fill any potential gaps that we can on our resume and those things that are likely to be assessed during the interviewing process because remember we want to give ourselves the best possible chance at getting through that interview and ultimately landing that offer so use this time to your advantage and develop those core competencies and skills that you might be lacking

Do research

The next way to get better at interviewing is to do research on the company and if you do good research on the company prior to your interview you’re not only going to impress the interview team but you’re also going to be better equipped to ask great questions and know what you’re getting yourself into furthermore you’re also going to be able to cater your answers to help address some of the business issues that they might be experiencing and if you’re able to do that effectively you’re going to give yourself a much better chance at ending up with the offer at the end now doing your research is more than just going onto the company website you actually want to dig a little deeper look at press releases go and look at their glass door see if they’ve got any exciting new products that they might be launching read the job description very carefully and if you do that all correctly.

Ask questions

the next thing that you should be doing is asking those questions. now I will write a separate blog on what questions you should be asking your interviewer. So make sure you check that out but the importance of asking questions during your interview can’t be understated and now this doesn’t mean that you should be asking questions. just to check a box because I’ll be perfectly honest with you i can tell when you’re just asking me questions just to ask me questions the purpose of asking those questions. is to truly learn something about the opportunity and to determine whether or not it’s a good fit for you. This hiring process is a two-way street you should be interviewing the company just as much as they’re interviewing you and an astute job seeker and somebody that is in control of their career is being very selective about the types of opportunities that they pursue so make sure you go to your next interview prepared with a great list of questions and get all of your concerns addressed.

Practice

 You certainly don’t want to go into the interview without practicing so practice I’ve been doing this long enough that it used to be shocking to me the number of people who would come in completely unprepared for the interview when you would ask them a pretty standard interview question they would look at you like deer in headlights and then rattle off some unrelated answer and all that shows me is that you have done no practicing and you’ve not really prepared for the interview and i’m going to use that as an indicator if you haven’t prepared for the interview what else aren’t you going to prepare for on the job so take time before the interview to reflect on some common answers and times that you demonstrated basic core competencies listen this one is not rocket science but so many people fail to do this and this is probably the number one reason why people are not effective in interviews give yourself a fighting chance and list out some questions that you want to practice ask a friend or family member to mock interview you or you could even take your phone and record yourself when you listen back try to be objective and figure out ways that you can improve you’re looking for speed efficiency and a clear story that you’ve told if you feel like you’re struggling on something that’s an indicator that you need to practice.

Don’t over prepare

 you don’t over-prepare because if you memorize answers to all of your questions it’s only going to trip you up in the long run because inevitably the interviewer is going to ask you a question that you can immediately recall you’re going to spend more time trying to go through your recollection of the answers that you memorized then you are actually thinking about the question that they’re asking you gonna look like deer in headlights when you can’t pull that answer out quickly so make sure you’ve got some clear answers to common behavior-based interview questions in the front of your mind but don’t memorize them so the last major thing.

Get help

I would suggest is to get help if you’re somebody that’s losing out on jobs because you’re just not interviewing well what’s the cost of lost opportunity the fact that you’re on this video is a great sign that you’re taking this seriously so find the additional help that you need and if you don’t know where to get that help that’s actually something that I specialize in I’ve got a website.

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