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Interviewing Workshop - During the Interview


Answering Questions

Sell Yourself

By now you should know to study interview questions way ahead of time and you feel comfortable about your responses. If you did not do the sections in "Before The Interview" go back now as it contains lists of interview questions for you to practice.

Lets go now to the next level for surefire success. Don't simply answer the question, use examples and illustrations to make your point.

Recipe for Success

Develop a 60 second commercial about yourself, then practice it. The question "tell me about yourself" exists in many situations besides the job interview. Developing a "sound-bite" of about one minute in length will enable you to be articulate and enthusiastic about yourself. In it you will cover:

  1. background (education and/or how you began in the world of work)
  2. skills, strengths and accomplishments and
  3. job focus and future career plans.

This short verbal presentation should be an advertisement designed to market your best skills and accomplishments. It should highlight the strengths and advantages of your education and be tailored to each listener and situation. It should demonstrate your enthusiasm, personal style and judgment as well as present you with clarity and focus. In turn, it will generate appropriate information and interaction and market you effectively in a variety of situations besides interviewing such as job fairs, networking and social occasions.


Click here to read two sample 60-second commercials

Questions that you need 60-second commercials for include:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Why should I hire you?
  3. Why are you qualified for this job?
  4. Why do you want this job?

Powerful Responses

Use the Short Story Technique to answer question. Don't simply answer "yes" or "no" - utilize this method and WOW the interviewer with your breadth of experience!

Click here for more information on the Short Story Technique.

Be Positive

When answering questions, dwell on the positive. Even when asked a negative question, phrase your answer in a positive way.  For example, "Tell me about a time you disagreed with your supervisor and how you handled it?"  We all have disagreed with a supervisor in our working life about something.  How you approach the answer will tell volumes about you.

Sell Yourself - Non-verbally

Be aware of your non-verbal communication! Watch your actions when you're talking. Nervous gestures can distract the interviewer. Sit up straight! This will help you appear (and feel) more poised and confident.

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