The more you make me talk…

The more you make me talk, the more interesting ill think you are. It’s an interesting fact but it works. You really feel that you have hit it off with someone if they can make you talk and the other person feels the same way as they have just met you but have no hesitation in talking to you. Now reserve the scenario in an interview and if you can make the interviewer talk to you about the role, about what they do, about the company and its clients, then they are telling you all this because they want you to like the role, like the company and like them.  And the same thing works if the interviewer wants to hear you talk, asks you question after question because they are interested in knowing more about you.


Be prepared with questions.

The fact is that some people just don’t want to ask questions, even when they are prompted to do so. Either way, it doesn’t reflect well and can come across as you being very introvert and shy person. Some interviewers may even take offence that you are not as interested in the position as they may have spent all this time asking you questions and telling you about the organisation while on the other hand you have nothing to ask or to say. There are plenty of questions one can ask an interviewer. For example, what is a typical day like for someone in my position? What do you value as some of the key strengths of people working in this organisation/ in the position? Where is the company headed in the next five years? How does this organisation different to your competitors? The list goes on and on. The point I am trying to make is come up with questions and engages the interviewer in a conversation. Remember the first point, the more you make me talk, the more interesting ill think you are.


Prepare powerful answers

We all know what are some possible questions an interviewer will definitely ask you during an interview. Why not prepare interesting answers for them before hand? Practice makes perfect and if you have a structure to your answer, you will be able to answer the question more confidently and effectively. Your preparedness will also send a positive signal to the interviewer and will show that you plan and prepare ahead.


Unleash your style

Let your passion flow. If the conversation goes down the path of likes, sports, adventure or any other passion of yours, capture the moment and make use of it. Chances are you may have some similarities with the interviewer, or you may be able to get into a healthy discussion. This will show the interviewer that you are easy to speak to and will instil confidence in them regarding your communication and interpersonal skills.


What will you do from day 1 to day 90?

Even though day 1 to day 90 is a figure of speech, the idea behind it is to show what you aim to achieve on joining the organisation. It sets out your goals and objectives, which should be aligned with the goals and objectives of the organisation. For example, if they are looking to find someone to fill an entry level IT Technician position and move them into a Systems Engineer to handle client accounts and sites, your objective should be to get familiarized with the type of clients they have, the technology they use and the support they require on a daily basis, the technology the organisation uses to support them, learn more about their technical infrastructure and hopefully be able to fill the shoes of a Systems Engineer over the term of 60 – 90 days.  It will clearly lay out what you will bring to the table and what you are capable of and will certainly influence their hiring decision.


Mind your body language

Your body language will say a lot in an interview. Settle in comfortably in your seat and maintain eye contact with the interviewer at all times. Don’t keep yours arms crossed or your hands clasped together at all times. Instead, use hand gestures to support you. SMILE! A big factor that will help you. If you are not smiling much then you will come across as someone who is nervous. People who are nervous are distracted easily and do not behave normally. They might be jumpy, fidgety and at times even sweaty in a well air-conditioned room. Nervousness will aggravate all the small issues which may be overlooked in a scenario where you are confident and comfortable. Avoid all these things and be comfortable with the environment and the interviewer.

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Mansoor Walli