Job Interview Fundamentals

Posted on August 28, 2012. Filed under: Interviews, Job Search Tips, Personal Branding | Tags: , , , , , |

By Stephen Van Vreede (@ITtechExec)

Interviewing

In a prior post, we talked about the importance of effectively communicating your personal brand message during an interview (Personal Branding and the Interview: Closing the Loop). This post, however, focuses on some of the fundamentals of an interview that people can’t seem to grasp. If they do, they simply have a difficult time putting the skills into practice.

The Basics

The purpose of the interview for most employers is generally two-fold.

  1. Employers want to confirm that the person they meet matches the one depicted in the resume.
  2. Employers want to get a glimpse into the personality, communication skills, confidence, character, and other traits beyond a candidate’s experience and education (i.e., things not evident in a resume).

Every question an interviewer asks will help shed light on the latter. Questions targeted to a candidate’s experience and achievements are meant to identify back-tracking or hedging. When a candidate back-pedals regarding information in the resume, the interviewer takes that as a sign that it didn’t really happen or that the candidate’s contribution was embellished.

Interview Signals

I mentioned that every response a candidate provides offers a glimpse into their personality, character, etc. Many factors contribute to how the interviewer receives the candidate: favorably or unfavorably. Candidates can prepare for interviews and work on how they will be perceived. Some of the key factors include:

  • Attire
  • Posture
  • Eye Contact
  • Tone of Voice
  • Vocal Clarity
  • Body Language (including nervous habits, arm/hand motions, etc.)
  • Length of Responses

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Taking Your Personal Branding Along for the Interview

Posted on June 4, 2012. Filed under: Interviews, Personal Branding | Tags: , |

personal brand interview

Personal branding and the interview

by Sheree Van Vreede (@rezlady)

Last week, Interview.com published a guest article of mine called Personal Branding: Don’t Leave Home Without It. The main point of the article was to highlight that although job seekers often spend a great deal of time these days thinking about and crafting their “personal brand,” they often aren’t sure of how to incorporate it into the interview process.

As an add-on to that discussion, I want to point out something important about this phrase “personal branding.” I know some career colleagues who can’t get enough of using it. Others treat it with great disdain. And some who try their best to ignore it altogether.

The problem is that no matter how we feel about the phrase, it is here, at least for now, and is the term of the hour. What matters most is how you define it.

Personal Branding Is About Solving Problems

Yes, problems. The same is true for company branding. If a company wants to be successful in marketing itself to potential clients, it  has to be answer the fundamental question, “why do I need you?” And the best way to answer it is by convincing the client, the company’s product or service can solve a problem or problems that the potential client has.

The same is true for personal branding.

An interviewer is essentially asking, “Why do I need you?” And the last thing he or she wants to hear is “because I’m good” or “because I’m a hard worker.” No, the interviewer wants to know how you can meet needs and solve problems. In other words, what value do you bring to that environment?

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