After a year and a half of great time working in France, I am now getting used to being in the second position, interviewing for a role back home. At a risk that someone, whom I will be talking to, will read this, below are several points I liked in the recent series of posts by Nick Morgan.
- Get to know your opposite party as well as possible
- Know what you are going to say.
- What problems that the organization has can you help solve? What skills that you have is the organization in need of? How can your vision and dreams complement those of the organization?
- Think about what are the half-dozen or so (no more) key points you want to make.
- The goal is to imagine yourself already at work in that organization, making a difference, having a blast, and doing well. What does that look like? What are the crucial elements of success? What are you doing that’s remarkable? (Part 2)
- Always told them to imagine the interview in as much detail as possible – beginning with the room, the people in it, and their body language (Part 3)
- The first step in the choreography of your body language is to get an ‘offstage beat’ or emotional attitude toward the upcoming interview BEFORE you meet anyone.
- You should make reasonable eye contact, and of course your handshake should be somewhere in the middle of the scale between bone crusher and dead fish. It’s the rest of the body that creates the impression, and it’s with the rest of the body that you don’t want to send the wrong message.
- Either think to yourself, I really, really want to be open to this person; I feel comfortable and relaxed, like I’m talking to a close friend I’m very glad to see, or pay close attention to your torso and make sure that is pointed in the right direction. (Part 4)
- As the interview goes on, you should think of your non-verbal conversation as an opportunity to build trust and credibility. Trust is primarily built with open body language, focusing on the torso. Credibility is primarily created with an authoritative voice and body language that is emotionally consistent with the role for which you’re applying.
- Figure out what the emotion is and then work on evincing it.
- Prepare your insightful questions and creative ideas.
- Pace and lead (Part 5)
- Keep a close eye on the interviewer, for signs of interest and boredom, affinity and disagreement, attention and disengagement.
- Focus more on the other person than yourself. That goes back to your state of mind going in to the interview. If you want the job too badly, you won’t be able to get out of that frame of mind easily to become a cool observer of the body language in the room. (Part 6)
Now just putting it to practice.
Note 1: This post loosely fits into the IT architects' soft skills series.
Note 2: No it's not me in the picture. It is actually a guy named Ian Warner, whose picture I found on Flickr and used here under the CC licence.