The Pre-Interview Checklist

EP 2102 A few things to help you prepare for an interview.

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Yesterday, I was reminded because a friend of mine for the search firm was scheduling an interview for candidate of mine that there are certain things that you can do in order to consciously prepare for an interview that I think are really helpful..

I will have something like this available on my website shortly. If you don't see if there the next time you log on, it will be there in the next few days. What he does is send a preparation for them to people. I'll explain with this firm does then I'll talk about the and on piece that I'd like you to do.

The 2nd page of the document basically has you talk about each position you worked for. I would say the last 8 to 10 years of the most pivotal time for you to be able to do this. Taking a piece of paper or working on your tablet, write down the name of the company that you work for and the position that you held. In one column, I would like you to write down your accomplishments and achievements while working there. On the other side of the column, list the strategy... What you implemented, processes that you've it developed, how you brought about those things that you accomplished.

What this is going to do is help trigger different stories that you can prepare to use for your interview. The ideal situation is that if you take this kind of preparation and have the job description there. In this way, you're not just simply talking about each firm that you work for for the last 8 to 10 years and what you accomplish they are and how you went about doing it, but you tie the bow and have a third column that relates to what the firm is looking for and what they expect you to do so that in this way, you can address your answers to what matters to them. Do you understand?

I think it's a terrific technique for preparation. This way, you are not just winging it. You have something that you can formally use that you have thought about in advance that will help you. This works both in phone interviews and in person interviews.

A few things that his firm likes to remind people off. They like to remind people not to read too much into the tone of voice of the interviewer. Often, particularly with HR people, HR people try to hold back and not give much in the way of a motion. I have a a "poker face," they try to act in a reserved way and it doesn't need anything more than that they are trying to sound noncommittal.

Also, act positively. Say nothing critical that any previous employer. As you respond to questions, smile. Even if they can't see you because you interviewed by phone, it has an impact on the tone of voice. I just listened to a podcast of James Altuscher was doing with someone who is a body language expert. He said if you want to sound authoritative, don't go to the bottom of your vocal range, but a few measures of from the bottom. You can speak firmly there. The example that the guest used, it is if you were at the beach and 1 of your kids were in danger, you might speaking the firm way to them. It would necessarily be a high tone; it would still be at the bottom individual range.

As the child got progressively more in danger, your voice might become more shrill. That's not the way to command attention in a positive way in our culture. You're always better off speaking at the bottom end of your vocal range in order to command authority and respect. Again, think in that way.

I'm not going to deal with money here; I have plenty of videos to do that. I just want to encourage you that after the interview, jot down a couple of quick notes for yourself.

Why do you want this job? What is it about this job in position that is attractive to you? Did any red flags come up? What were they? Write them down. What question is do you still need to have answered? Do you want to continue the interview process for this position? Why?

Why these are helpful as you start to interview an interview with more firms, or, as more time goes by, your feelings, opinions and thoughts about this organization will tend to wane. Translated. With time. We forget things.

Here, I'm asking you to take some notes there will be in good service to yourself so that in this way, you are prepared before AND you know how to follow up after so that you can get your questions resolved.


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2100 episodes.

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