Interviewing Tips

Getting to “Wow.”

It’s all about preparation and practice. The more you commit to each, the greater your chances of presenting yourself in the best possible light. Below are some suggestions to help make that happen.

Demystifying “Behavioral Interviewing”

Perhaps you know that recruiters have been continually moving away from traditional “tell me about yourself” interviewing techniques toward a new method called Behavioral Interviewing. This is nothing more than a way to gain insight into your potential future performance based on past performance. The questions in a Behavioral Interview are typically structured according to a format referred to as STAR: Situation, Task, Action, Result.

Identify and Rehearse Your S.T.A.R. Stories

  • Share specific details about how you used your skills and experience to deliver concrete business results
  • Describe in detail your ability to deal with conflict and change management while effectively accomplishing goals
  • Articulate how your leadership capabilities contributed to team development and delivered results
  • Display to your potential employer how your values align with the culture of their company
  • Reinforce how and why your skills align with the business’ objectives

Keep Things Professional

  • Display "appropriate business conduct"
    • The address of "Sir" or "Madam" is unnecessary
    • Respectful shifting to first-name basis builds rapport
  • Be mindful to convey a positive tone
  • Position past challenges as opportunities, resulting in success
  • Exhibit positive body language (posture, eye contact and your handshake)
  • Minimize jargon (less is more)
  • Ask questions to determine if the role is right for you (e.g., How is success measured? What challenges lie ahead?)
  • Inquire about "next steps" in the hiring process
  • Thank the interviewer for their time