As an experienced candidate sitting on the other side of the interview table can feel a little unnerving… Territory you perhaps haven’t explored for a while. It may feel natural to want to lead the interview and be in control – stop! This is not the time or place. Although it is common sense and etiquette to “mind your Ps and Qs”, inside or outside of work, this is the time to remind yourself people will forget what you said, but they don’t forget how you made them feel. One of the best ways to engage with your interviewer, especially at a strategic engagement level, is through letting them see/get to know who they will be working with – you! Your personality and your personal “why”.
By this, we mean your values, your motivation, your zest and passion, all the reasons “why” you are at the interview and “why” you will be an effective colleague. We all have a personal “why”, we’re all individuals, we all have different skills we can offer, but remember, an interview is not a battle of trophies or wins, it is a balance of not being able to do the job, as much as it is working with a company who believes what you believe.
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