Monday, it was delightful meeting 16
members in the mock interviewing area
in Washington. While consultants look
carefully at body language, verbal
skills and listening skills for areas of
improvement in personal presentation,
five other pointers can be shared.
Small talk: It is common for interviewers
to “get to know you” right at the
beginning of an interview. To do this, it
is common to engage in “small talk,”
discussion not directly pertaining to the
interview yet very important in human
interactions (in the US). 1
weaknesses and strengths and story
telling: An often heard interview question
seeks a person’s self-awareness or areas
for improvement. When one provides a
response for such a question in an interview,
a useful point and one we seek to learn
is what are you doing to improve yourself
(in a story format– STAR concept is
Strengths are also explored in interviews.
One offer that my boss has mentioned to
me that….referring to a strength you wish
to convey. Then, please give an example
via a short story.
questions: Please do have a list of
important, significant questions you need to
have answered in the interview. It is not
bad to ask similar questions of different
interviewers. How did you get to your
position? What do you like about working here?
See also 2 .
overcoming nervousness: How do you move
from the “uncomfortable anxiety” at the start
of an interview to the “alert and exciting
performing” level? It does not happen by
reading books for most people. It happens
through preparation, confidence and practice.
So, look for opportunities to have mock and
real interviews and presentations.
using resources: Look for ways to use
available boards, papers and media
to convey your information. If you are
savvy at tools or board-talk show it off.
boards, papers, the visual dimension