Saturday, 21 January 2012

Two Interview Types


There are two main types of job interview: the ones where you simply answer questions and the ones where you set the agenda.

 If you manage to turn your next interview into type #2, you're setting yourself up for success.

Let's see why:







Interview Type 1: The Question & Answer Pattern


This is the interview type that most people experience. It is is a common pattern that is ultimately frustrating both for the job seeker and the interviewer, leading to a protracted process.

The tendency to stick to the familiar and simply answer the questions posed to you in a rote fashion mostly serves to define you as 'typical', not so different from the person being interviewed next. You are merely someone else who think they can fill the role - but from the interviewer's point of view, simply do not understand THEIR industry and company enough to be offered the chance to join.

This type of interview has one typical conclusion: "we'll get back to you." They rarely do.

Interview Type 2: Problem & Solution Pattern. 

Understand that hiring is not a pleasant prospect for most companies, but it's something that must be done.
So instead of following the pattern, make sure you avoid the single most crippling mistakes many commit and posing questions yourself.

You can ask the right questions by coming highly prepared to the interview. Simply going on their website doesn't cut it. Here are some tips:
  • Research the industry trends and predictions
  • Search the local news for mentions of the company
  • Check the share prices if it's a public company
  • Look at their marketing material for the past 12 months and identify any weaknesses. 
  • Reach out to current employees through networks such as LinkedIn and instead of asking for advice, ask about what projects they are working on. 
Yes, it's time consuming, but it's also highly effective. Knowing all there is to know about the company helps you effectively prepare the right questions. This is where you can shine and take control of the interview, presenting yourself as the solution they have been waiting for. By providing solid plans and figures and understanding the hiring psychology, you can guide your potential employer into saying YES. 

What about you?

Have you experienced these types of interviews, or did we forget something? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

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