The Answer? All the above. Tap into your strengths – -and these 4 easy tips- – to excel at your interviews and networking.
Use your inner Dreamer (Possibilities) to share a professional vision about yourself in the future.
Now it’s time to shift your focus from your past to your future. That’s your inner Dreamer’s specialty. Paint a picture for them of how you hope to make a difference: in your work, in your life, at their company or organization. Inspire them with your aspirations for the years to come and how working with them helps you achieve them.
Use your inner Lover (People) to make a personal connection.
An interview isn’t a transaction. It’s a mini-relationship.This is where the inner Lover excels – at building relationships. The number one reason people hire other people is because they like the idea of having them around. So reach out, and ask some questions about the person interviewing you: what do they love about the company? What excites them about their work, or gives their job meaning? Shift from showing your interest in landing the job to letting them feel your interest in getting to know them.
Use your inner Thinker (Perspectives) to move beyond superficial answers.
Your inner Thinker is designed to gather information, analyze a situation from a few angles, and generate ideas to solve problems. Shift your answers from upbeat generalities to responses that invite your interviewer to think about what you’ve said. You want the interviewer to get engaged, to join you in an interesting exchange. When the interview is over, you want them still considering some of the points you made, and wishing they had a few more minutes to explore that last topic with you.
Use your inner Warrior (Performance) to show commitment, resolve, and the discipline to get things done.
In your interview, instead of listing job titles you’ve held, shift to giving examples of projects you’ve worked on and completed. Tell stories of how you’ve contributed to completing important tasks, or accomplishing impressive goals. Even if you’re just out of school, you can describe how you hung in there and finished your thesis, despite the temptation to give up. This gives your interviewer confidence that you have the stamina and determination to deliver when it matters. After the interview, take a small action step that goes beyond just emailing them to thank them for the meeting. Attach an article related to the discussion you had, or a link to a website that extends the conversation. This reinforces that you’re not just talk — you’re also about practical follow-up and focused completion.
Thank you Erica Ariel Fox and Winning From Within for these great tips.