Exchanging information: The Key to a Successful Job Interview

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Don’t stress over your job interview. Instead, focus on what you can do to feel confident. It starts with knowing the interview is for exchanging information, and is not an interrogation.

This is what I mean. The company wants to know about your background and qualifications and just as importantly, you want to know about the details of the job and the people you’ll be working with.

Preparing for an interview is so much more than just worrying about the answers you’ll give. You will want to research the people you will be interviewing with, learn about the company, who their clients are, and so much more.

Here’s the bottom line. The more information you have and the more prepared you are, the more confident you will appear! Don’t you want to be perceived as the strongest candidate?

Well, that can happen if you follow the recommendations for exchanging information listed below.

Develop Your Answers

Developing your STAR stories for the interview is probably one of the most important things you can do!  Review the job responsibilities and develop a story that addresses each point.  You will also want to develop answers to common job interview questions.

Develop Your Questions

Asking smart, relevant questions throughout the interview gives you the chance to show what you know about the company, which conveys your interest in them. Develop questions you would like answered about the company, the department, and the position.  This should help get you started, but be sure to modify and create your own.

Don’t Think, Do

Practicing your answers out loud is actually more effective than practicing them in your head, read why. Practice your interview answers out loud.

ALWAYS Send a Thank You

I realize that may sound obvious to some, but not everyone does it. Whether typed or handwritten, emailed or snail mailed, a thank you goes a long way.

Your confidence level is directly proportional to your understanding that a job interview is a method of exchanging information.

So don’t expect an interrogation. Instead, expect a conversation.


For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Career Sherpa.


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Hannah Morgan hiring prosAbout the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa. And follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!



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