These 7 job interview techniques will confidently lead you through a one-on-one interview, or first level informational interview. Over 90% of all companies use this type of interview format.
If you've already had a telephone interview, you have some idea of the phone interview questions they prefer to ask. A prior phone interview can also give you valuable insights in preparing for a job interview.
If you were fortunate enough to be phone interviewed by the hiring manager, you now have a second chance to provide a good answer for an interview question you fumbled.
If this will be your first interviewing experience with this company, you will likely first meet with the HR manager or an HR specialist.
HR often has a generic list of interview questions that they ask everyone. See the top 10 interview questions for insights and sample answers.
Remember, any type of first interview encounter will tend to put you on the defensive. If you think about it, your resume tells a prospective employer what you want them to know.
The job interview is designed to separate truth from fiction.
If you can't pass my Mock Job Interview Quiz...cancel your job interview.
Here is a checklist of 7 job interview techniques you can apply to insure your one-on-one interview makes a lasting 1st impression:
One-on-One Job Interview Technique 1: Find out who will be interviewing you.
Strategy: Get their names, titles, and how long your interview will last. Ask the company to email to you the interview itinerary.
One-on-One Job Interview Technique 2: Go out to LinkedIn and research all the people who will interview you.
Strategy: The more information you can find out about these people, the more confident and poised you will be with them. You may discover that one of your interviewers graduated from the same college as you, or is a rabid Cubs fan like you.
This kind of intelligence could be worth it's weight in gold.
If you are working through an executive recruiter, they should be able to brief you about your interviewers.
One-on-One Job Interview Technique 3: Don't be discouraged or annoyed if each interviewer asks you some of the same job interview questions.
Strategy: If you are interviewing separately with 4 or 5 people, sometimes you will be asked 2 or 3 of the same questions by everyone.
Don't let this bother you.
Just answer the questions as confidently and cheerfully as possible. Act like this is the first time someone asked you this question.
This could actually be a blessing in disguise if you weren't happy with your first answer to a particular question.
One-on-One Job Interview Technique 4: Allow for the possibility of your interview running overtime, or you being asked to lunch or dinner.
Strategy 1: The one-on-one interview format isn't very efficient. Sometimes a 30 minute interview runs an hour.
The next person on the schedule may be on an important conference call and you have to wait 15 minutes. Your interview was suppose to be over at 4:00 PM, but you finally get out of there at 5:30 PM.
This is one of the reasons you only want to schedule one interview a day.
Strategy 2: If your interview goes exceptionally well, you could be asked out to lunch, or invited to a dinner interview.
You could also be asked to interview with a VP or president who wasn't on the interview schedule. Make sure you are totally flexible and can comply with these kinds of requests.
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One-on-One Job Interview Technique 5: Guard against prejudging your job opportunity if someone on the interview team is rude, inconsiderate, or a tough interviewer.
Strategy: If 4 or 5 people are on your interview schedule, the odds are that one of them could be a problem child.
Don't let this one person get you down and throw you off.
Keep moving, shake it off, and be positive.
If you are well prepared for your interview, you have nothing to fear.
Remember this old saying: There is a bozo on every bus and a clown around every corner.
One person's attitude is not a reflection of the entire company or most of the people you will be working with.
Keep things in perspective. Pass judgment on this opportunity when your interview is complete and all the facts are in.
One-on-One Job Interview Technique 6: Stay focused, positive, and on track if one of your interviewers is unprepared or too laid back during your interview.
Strategy: Sometimes you will be ushered into someone's office and they will appear puzzled and then say...What interview?
Was your interview today?!
Obviously, this person probably will be unprepared for your interview, and may even act annoyed that their busy day has been interrupted.
Your interview could wander all over the place, and you might even end up talking about who is going to make the baseball playoffs this year.
Don't allow this one misstep to throw you off your game. Don't let down and think the rest of your interviews will be easy.
Your very next interview could be with someone who will drill you with a laundry list of situational interview questions.
One-on-One Job Interview Technique 7: Try and have at least 1-2 questions to ask each or your interviewers.
Strategy: Most candidates have 3-4 questions to ask a prospective employer. But when you interview with 4-5 people, all of your questions could be answered in the first 1-2 interviews.
Most companies judge a candidate positively if they ask a couple of good questions. So, a candidate can be perceived negatively if they don't have any questions.
If early in the process all your questions have been answered, just make a comment to each interviewer that all of your questions were answered in your prior interview sessions.
Bonus Tip: After each interview, ask your interviewer, What should I expect going forward? Your goal with this question is to get one of your interviewers to share early feedback with you.
Sometimes by asking this question, a key decision maker will tip their hand and reveal to you that you did well. It's always nice to drive away from your interview knowing you got a couple of thumbs up.
Hopefully, this list of interview techniques will keep your butterflies flying in formation.