Great Interview Questions: The Interview, First Interview What to Expect

Interview – What to Expect Great Interview Questions to Ask

During the first interview, the interviewer should speak at least 60% of the time. In subsequent interviews, that percentage decreases, with you doing more of the talking.

Let’s set the stage for the interview process. Following are the three primarstages you’ll likely encounter while interviewing:

1)   The rapport building process starts the minute you meet the interviewer. It involves the dialogue you exchange ( primarily the small talk you engage in during the initial introductions).

2)   The information exchange process takes place when you uncover the hiring authority’s needs and connect with them on thosemain points. This stage takes place, during the bulk of the actual interviewing portion.

Here is where you hope to discover the possibilities that exist at the company in which you can make a difference. Once you have done so, you then need to articulate a valid connection where your background will help the organization.

The summary and closing portions of the interview process are where you briefly summarize the main points of the interview and acknowledge your interest in and appreciation for the opportunity to interview.

3)  You also acknowledge that there is a mutual fit. If you are not sure how you feel about the position, at this time, keep that opinion to yourself. You may change your mind with additional information and future interviews. The main thing is you want to keep your options open. The more the hiring authority gets to know you as a person, the more they will be willing to modify the position in the areas where you have realistic concerns. If the job is a total mismatch and you are willing to walk away from the company forever, then tell the interviewer politely that you are not interested at this time.

Ask if there are any objections or concerns about your background relative to you being seriously considered as a candidate for the position. Handle all of the hiring authority’s objections at this time. The more time that lingers with a negative feeling about your background or a misunderstanding of your answers being harbored, the harder it is to turn the situation around. The sooner you address any negative concerns or misunderstandings the better it is for you!

Ask what  the next step  is. The answer to this question will give you a sense of the hiring authority’s timing. At this time, you can even ask them ifs there a suggested time period in which you should follow up with them regarding the next step.

One of the BIGGEST MYTHS with the hiring process is that the interviewer’s sense of urgency to fill the position is the same as yours. Their sense of urgency to fill the position is usually slower than yours. Patience is the key here.

Good luck with your interview.

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