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They want to know their search is over, so for length of interview, job is yours. You need to make most of it.
Having said that, first impressions are incredibly important. Be yourself right from start, turning up volume on those bits of you that most match job; turning down volume on bits that don't. However, never ever shut volume off entirely, as you will then be pretending to be someone you're not – a sure recipe for disaster.
Not a good idea to lie! You can be judicious with truth, but lies have a tendency to return and bite you in bum! Even if they don't know you've lied, you will be giving out signals that are a give-away that something is wrong.
Being put on spot can feel very uncomfortable, and it's easy to fall into a defensive posture. If you're not sure of answer or feel boxed into a corner it's all right to buy time – including saying 'I need some time to think about that.'
No matter how nervous you are, you do need to look after people interviewing you. Show that you know how to communicate and relate to people: ask surprising questions.
Have a stockpile of anecdotes of past triumphs (and even a few disasters, as long as their funny or humorous side is apparent). This is not just a list of what you can do, but some personal examples that paint whole picture.
Phew! Got through that; anything else I can do?
At end of your interview, if you haven't been advised, ask when they think they'll be making their decision. At least then you'll know how long you’ll have to wait before you hear.
Many places don't automatically let people know if they haven't got job; so one follow-up call is allowable. More than that and it can feel like badgering.
No matter how badly you think interview went, if you want job, always send a follow-up letter. Since most of us think of clever things to say after fact, include one or two of those, referring to something specific from interview.
Use phrases such as:
1)'I've given a lot of thought to our interview and...' 2)'Something you mentioned got me thinking...' 3)'What you said about _______ really struck home...'
If you don't get job and you're curious why not, phone up and get some feedback. It may help you for next interview.
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Jo Ellen Grzyb is a Founding Partner of Impact Factory, a training and personal development company specialising in making work a better place to be.
She spent 20 years in the arts, entertainment and corporate sectors in development work on both sides of the Atlantic, before setting up Impact Factory with Robin Chandler in 1991.
She is a counsellor/psychotherapist, broadcaster and writer. Her book, The Nice Factor Book, was published in 1997.