Over the past decade, the hiring process has been evolving — much of it due to the poor economy. For example, social media is here to stay and has certainly affected all of us. Changes to telephone and in-person interviewing processes have also occurred. And let’s not forget about Skype and video interviews, which were virtually unheard of interviewing techniques just 10 years ago. The introduction of weird interviewing questions into the process have also “thrown job candidates for a loop” too.
From clients and others, I have heard a popular refrain: “I was qualified for the position but I didn’t get the offer!”
A reason given by the hiring company?
“Just not a fit.”
Puzzling and frustrating!!
Consider These 3 Basic Job Interview Questions
1. Can you do the job? (Technical/hard skills)
2. Do you have a passion for doing the job?
3. Will we like you doing the job? (The fit)
In the 90’s, the weight of each of the questions was 50-10-40
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Now, it will be closer to 20-30-50
So what follows are 10 thoughts about interviewing:
1. Never volunteer information (the number one mistake people make in interviews is – you guessed it – they talk too much). Too much information gives some bad impressions: low self-esteem, lacks confidence or is desperate.
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2. Keep in mind that the telephone interview is designed to determine whether you have the requisite hard skills (experience and achievements) and compensation requirements.
3. Your candidacy is ultimately based on how you stack up with the other candidates under consideration and less on whether you can do the job.
4. Relevancy to their needs – nothing else matters. It is your job as the candidate to connect your skills with their position during the interview.
5. The importance of being fully present. Be in the moment or you will miss something. In fact, the #1 mistake job candidates make in phone interviews, according to Lily Zhang a Career Development Specialist @ MIT:
“The number one mistake job candidates make on phone interviews is sounding tired, bored, or disengaged.”
6. Poor communication is always the fault of the sender. Keep in mind you are the sender as well as the receiver.
7. Having the right answer is not enough. How you deliver (communicate) the answer is all-important. Do the communication styles mesh?
8. All stories and examples are less than 3 minutes. Short attention span thrives today. Let them drill down on the story if they need more.
9. Your top priority in an interview? Determine the fit. I bet you thought it was to get the offer. Be active in the process. There are three ingredients in every hire: the hiring manager, you and the fit. If they choose someone else, there is nothing wrong with you or the hiring manager. The fit just wasn’t there. Follow this thinking and you will learn resiliency in the face of rejection. It’s not personal!!
10. Be authentic – but don’t get defensive. Defensive candidates come off as insecure. Rarely will you be attacked.
Many of the points outlined above also apply to the networking process. Pay attention to your intuition and your gut. They are good indicators of the fit. If you are worn out and need a drink after an interview, then there is a high probability that the fit isn’t there. Conversely, when you are energized and deeply excited post interview, that’s a huge plus!
Article Written By Randy Block