5 Nov

[INFOGRAPHIC] HOW TO DRIVE CONVERSATION IN AN INTERVIEW?

Posted by George Hoadley

If you are about to have an interview, then you need to prepare yourself ahead of time and know exactly what to do to show the best side of you to the interviewer. You could get some solid advice while working with technical recruiters, but it is also useful to do some research to find out what hiring managers want.

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Be it different types of engineering jobs or jobs with a lot of personnel management, one thing that makes or breaks an interview is the way to carry conversation while being interviewed.
Knowing what hiring managers want or at least determining what they want job seekers to know is not easy, which is why we have compiled five tips to drive conversation in an interview from recruiters themselves.

 

5 Stages of An Interview

 

1. INTRODUCE YOURSELF

One of the most important interview tips you can use is to come prepared. If you’re already taking the time to do your research, then you’re on the right track.

Arrive 10 minutes before the interview is about to start to observe the atmosphere. Upon meeting the interviewer, introduce yourself formally and settle down in your chair.

 

2. LAY THE FOUNDATION

A bit of small talk helps you relax and ignite interest in the conversation. The interviewer will assess your perception from the way you describe everyday things.

Memorize a couple of details about the company. Figure out what the hiring manager would like to hear in an interview. Doing your homework will show the interviewer you’re ready to take on the role.

 

3. PROVIDE A BACKGROUND 

As the discussion progresses, start being specific with your answers. Explain in detail what did you do in your previous job and why do you want to move on. Tailor your responses to the job description for the profile you applied for.

Key Tip: Follow the STAR Method to drive conversation for this part. Learn more about it here.

 

4. ASK QUESTIONS

Once you have provided all the answers to the satisfaction of the interviewer, it is now your turn to seek more clarity.

Ask questions about the work culture, the office attire and best way to commute. These queries will help the interviewer view you as a serious candidate. Additionally, you can also ask whether there are channels to grow within the company.

 

5. CLOSE ON A CONFIDENT NOTE

Your ultimate goal during an interview is to leave a lasting impression upon the employer.

Hiring managers are constantly asking themselves whether you would blend into their company’s culture. So, you must recognize the company’s vibe and emphasize your ability to be sociable and confident in such an environment. You want to leave the interviewer with a sense that your personality is on par with your qualifications.

Your body language during an interview is part of your appearance. So, you have to be mindful of how your body language makes you appear. Avoid bad posture or nervous tics as much as you can. Instead, keep your back straight and maintain eye contact with your interviewer.

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George Hoadley

George brings 11 years of experience in management to his role as the Branch Manager of Design Group Staffing in Vancouver. With a LinkedIn Recruiter Certification, his areas of expertise are construction management, engineering, project management, estimating, and operations. He has experience in both contact placement and direct recruitment for top Canadian and international firms. George’s unique and diverse background allows him to assist and provide superior service to companies and prospects alike. Monday to Friday, George is a boardroom warrior who leaves no stone unturned in hunting down the top talent in the Western Canadian construction and engineering markets. On the weekend, though, he trades his oxfords in for trail shoes and travels throughout Canada and the U.S. competing in the Spartan Race OCR series.

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