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Keeping it R.E.A.L in your interview…

Posted by | February 23, 2015 | Interviews, Tips

Via LinkedIn : Job interviews can be intimidating and scary, but they don’t have to be. If you conduct thorough research on the company and prepare questions for the hiring manager, you will be able to deliver a clear, concise, and memorable presentation. When coaching my candidates for interviews, I always suggest that they follow these four guidelines: Research| Engage| Ask| Listen. This strategy helps them stay clam, relaxed and allows them to be more natural or R.E.A.L.

The R.E.A.L Method:

R: Research – Nothing will prepare you more for an interview than researching the company. Know their mission statement, philosophy, accomplishments, and even research their staff (if available). Chances are these topics will be brought up in discussion, and the more you know already, the calmer and more prepared you will be.

E: Engage – Rather than sitting back, and letting the hiring manager do all of the talking, engage in the conversation. Not only will you stand out from your competition but it will show that you have done your research on the company and took the time to prepare.

Example:

Hiring Manager: We are ranked highly among other firms, and our portfolio has expanded exponentially the past two years.

You: Yes, I noticed that the firm was ranked 10th in the nation this year, that’s great! What is the company’s vision to continue this growth and success?

A: Ask – Always ask questions. Nothing is worse than having zero questions when the hiring manager opens the door for communication. Remember, you’re interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you. This is your time to find out if this move would be a good fit for you.

What types of questions? Well, that depends on what is important to you. Here are a few topics I have brought up in interviews:

. Culture of the office

. Work/Life Balance

. Daily routine example

Now, I also end my interviews with a rather bold question – “After reviewing my qualifications and meeting with me today, do you see me as a good fit for this role and within your office?

Why do I ask this question? Because it gives me a clear idea as to how I did during the interview, and if I will be offered the position.

L: Listen – This may seem like a given, but you would be surprised how many people are focused more on what they’re going to say next, rather than fully listening to the hiring manager. It is extremely noticeable when a person is not fully engaged in a conversation, and frankly, it is unprofessional. Listen fully, and even refer back to the wording they used when answering the question – trust me.

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