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05/30/07
Interviewing Assessment
Filed under: Interviewing, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 8:56 am

In many interviewing situations, whether one-
on-one or group, you can gain cues from the
interviewer how the interview is going.

When this happens it doesn’t mean you
should change anything.  It might suggest
however, that you may may be invited to the
next level of screening.

Look for these suggestive indicators:
  -  Were you asked difficult questions?  Were
you able to respond coherently and appropriately?

  -  Were you invited to meet all the interviewers,
and then several other workers, managers, and
perhaps higher ups?  [there are some other
people who you will be introduced to
unexpectedly.]

  -  Did the interview with the hiring manager
go longer and have the conversation flow smoothly.

  -  In later interviews, after earlier interviews
“sized you up” as a good match, did you feel as
though people spoke of the excitement and
benefits working there? [trying to sell you on the
job.]

  -  Were you asked about when you might be
able to start?  Who else are you interviewing for?
What are your salary expectations?

However, in an interview also keep notice for
the following.  These may indicate either
modifying your approach or clarifying any
apparent issues, including:
  -  what else the interviewer is doing?  Does
she take phone calls during the interview? 
Is he interrupted by less important business?
Is she taking notes, fully engaged or is she
distracted by other things.

  -  Was the conversation back and forth?
Was it forced?  Did the interviewer seem
prepared?  Did the interviewer wish to pursue
specific details?  Did you meet them
satisfactorily? 

  -  Were you given a chance to explore and
ask questions of interest to you?

  -  Did you sense any negative words, body
language, unexpected facial gestures when
you were speaking?

In the whole process,
         show excitement of your invitation to
interview and chance for the job 
         connect to the position and working
for the company (purpose)
         demonstrate your interest in and
ability to work on teams for the company’s
benefit.

The time that an interviewee expresses he
is not interested in the job is best after an
offer is extended. 

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