Jon Youshaei writes an article for Forbes compiled from the insights of dozens of businesspeople. He distills this into 12 pieces of job interview advice you just might have never heard before.
The Delightful Dozen
Research quarterly reports and blog posts, and then insert these nitty-gritty, high level details into your answers to interview questions when it is applicable and appropriate. Use Google Alerts to set up email news alerts when new developments emerge about your potential employer. Consider an app like Social Sweepster to clean up your social media accounts for things that can turn off recruiters. Schedule an interview for Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. when you can, because it is the sweet spot where the interviewer is not settling in or packing up for the week, and the interviewer is not too hungry or too full to pay attention to you.
When asked to talk about yourself, be ready to go with a “Story Statement,” which Youshaei describes as a Cliff Notes version of your life that succinctly explains who you are and what you hope to accomplish. If possible, wear a subtle fashion statement, like a meaningful pin that can become a conversation starter. When confronted with the “What are your weaknesses?” question, do not say, “I just rock too hard!” Instead, take the opportunity to address how you are overcoming your weaknesses. Likewise, brainstorm three memorable “PAR” (Problem-Action-Result) anecdotes that demonstrate how you create solutions.
During the actual interview, talk your way through analytical questions, because your reasoning is just as important as your answer. When given the chance to ask questions, preface each (genuine) question with a new piece of information about yourself, to keep shining a light on your personality. If you are really gutsy, ask, “Have I said anything in this interview or given you any other reason to doubt that I am a good fit for the role?” You will receive useful answers, and interviewers will often be impressed with your straightforwardness. And finally, email a personalized thank you note that shows you were listening to the interviewer. Even if you do not get the job, a great thank you email might put you in line for another offer down the road.
You can read Youshaei’s original article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonyoushaei/2014/10/20/12-surprising-job-interview-tips/