Steps to a New Job
How to Master the Art of Interviewing
By Bill Radin
© 2000 Innovative Consulting, Inc.
Career Development Reports
The Art of Interviewing
To a large degree, the success of your interview will depend on your ability to discover needs and
empathize with the interviewer. You can do this by asking questions that verify your understanding of what
the interviewer has just said, without editorializing or expressing an opinion. By establishing empathy in
this manner, you'll be in a better position to freely exchange ideas, and demonstrate your suitability for
In addition to empathy, there are four other intangible fundamentals to a successful interview. These
intangibles will influence the way your personality is perceived, and will affect the degree of rapport, or
personal chemistry you'll share with the employer.
- Enthusiasm -- Leave no doubt as to your level of interest in the job. You may think it's
unnecessary to do this, but employers often choose the more enthusiastic candidate in the case of a two-way
tie. Besides, it's best to keep your options open -- wouldn't you rather be in a position to turn down an
offer, than have a prospective job evaporate from your grasp by giving a lethargic interview?
- Technical interest -- Employers look for people who love what they do, and get excited by the
prospect of tearing into the nitty-gritty of the job.
- Confidence -- No one likes a braggart, but the candidate who's sure of his or her abilities will
almost certainly be more favorably received.
- Intensity -- The last thing you want to do is come across as "flat" in your interview. There's
nothing inherently wrong with being a laid back person; but sleepwalkers rarely get hired.
By the way, most employers are aware of how stressful it can be to interview for a new position, and will
do everything they can to put you at ease.
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