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The Good Interview

Posted by [email protected] on August 1, 2016 at 7:00 AM

"The Good Interview" are the do's and don'ts and expectations in the interview process.  Have your ever experiened a good interview?

You've finally secured that interview of a lifetime. You wake up extra early to ensure you are on time and well prepared. You're sitting in the lobby waiting eagerly. While you're waiting you are thinking about how you will do in the interview. You give yourself a little motivational pep talk to ease your mind. The receptionist calls your name giving you the cue that your time has come. "I've got this"-you say to yourself with confidence as you walk into the interview room. "I've got this"....

Scene - As you enter the room, your interviewer is sitting at a big desk talking on the phone to someone who seems to be their significant other. He/she motions you to sit down but, they continue to talk on the phone for another two minutes. Once he/she has completed the call, they stand and extend their hand for a handshake and give you their first name. " Sorry for the wait. I was just finishing a call with my spouse. You know how family can get sometimes, right?" He/she has a warm and friendly smile, firm handshake and inviting tone.

#1-DON'T : Talk about your personal life in an interview. Every employer has their own interpretationof the ideal employee. You don't know at that moment what their views or values are on the family. But, the employer knows that they can't ask you personal questions that may possible discriminante against you. Having childern or marital status is off the table for discussion. 

DO: Always ask yourself or maybe even the empployer family life comes up -"Was this a requirement or qualifications for the job?"

Often times the "Good" interviewer will make you feel as though you may already have the job and therefore it does not matter how you answer the questions. The "Good" interviewer may begin the interview with what appears to be small talk that allows you the opportunity to share information that is not part of the formal interview process. Be careful. Remember, you are still in an interview and anything that you say or respond to will be part of the interview. It is recommended to build a rapport with your interviewer but, not at the expense of over-sharing or what is known as sharing too much information (TMI). You want to remain as professional as possible yet, showing a touch of sincerity.

There are many "Good" interviewers with well intentions of making you feel comfortable in the process of the interview. But, be aware that possible illegal interview questions can arise out of the comfort level that you allowed the interview to take on. It is vital that you stick to your "script" and keep the interview questions short and to the point. This in not the time to add information that is not relevant to the position that you are applying for. Never take for granted that you control what comes out of your mouth at the appropriate or inappropriate times. Yes, you want to be sincere and show your personality but, not at the cost of losing your professionalism.

So, did you get the call back for an offer of employment? If so, good for you! You did it!!! If not, did you reveal too much information that was not part of the structured interview questions? Were you too casual? Did you over share (TMI)? If you could redo the interview, what would you do differently?  

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