Learn the Secret to Interviewing to Get 5 Times More Job Offers
Job Seekers / Mar 13th, 2019 1:02 am     A+ | a-

Is there a secret to interviewing?

Yes, you apply to hundreds of jobs — get 3 to 5 interviews and sometimes you don’t land the job. You need to conduct anywhere from 5 to 10 interviews to get one job offer.

Then, you get one job offer — it’s not very attractive or competitive. But it’s the only offer — So you take it.

And you feel stuck with no choice but to accept the offer.

How Do I interview so many times and walk away with only one offer? And how do others get so many offers — at companies anyone dreams of working for?

Most People will tell you that — having a certain degree or a company name on your résumé will ensure a lifelong job search success.

Not True. In fact, the way you interview is what counts. Yes, it’s very competitive out there, and you need to know how to effectively interview to get multiple offers — and ultimately the job you want.

Turns out that many job seekers know something you didn’t know till now: The secret to interviewing.

How do they do so well in interviews? So we asked over 50 candidates that had over 3 offers at multiple top firms and startups:

What was their secret? How did they do it?

They shared this simple piece of advice:
Don’t let them interview you — interview them.

Hold on …what?!

We know it might sound a little crazy. Consider that your past interviewing approach only yields one or maybe two offers.

What if you can refine your approach to interview the employer and double the number of offers?

A recent survey in Self Leadership and the One Minute Manager, top managers were asked — What do they seek in job candidates? “We want people who are problem solvers and are willing to take initiative. We want people…who act like they own the place.

Why You Should Interview Them?

There are two main reasons you want to interview the employer or the interviewer.

First, When you interview the interviewer or the employer, you’re displaying characteristics of ownership and confidence, two of the top traits hiring managers look for in a candidate.
What greater way to show these characteristics than during your job interview?

The second reason to interview the employer is that you should be for your own goals, not just to show ownership and confidence. Ask questions to learn about the employer, job duties, culture, and work environment.

Most job seekers go into an interview as it is a one-sided question: impress the hiring manager and the employer. Engaging the interviewer will help you paint a better picture of their impression of you, and how you fit the company.

Even if you get the job offer and the employer is really interested in hiring you, you need to know if you truly want to work for this employer or manager. The interview is your chance to ask questions and probe more to find out if there is a fit.

5 Ways to Interview The hiring manager or Employer.

A. Control the Introduction

Most job seekers wait for the interviewer to begin the conversation or offer an introduction. However, you should be doing this instead of the interviewer. It’s an ideal situation to showcase your friendly and confident approach.

Based on research — First impressions are critical. The first 15 seconds of an interview can determine whether you get the job.

Every time you meet a new person, smile, stand up and extend your hand first to shake hands — Give a firm handshake and be sure to smile. To make a powerful first impression, take charge of the interplay with each person you meet during an interview.

Ask them a question like, “How’s your day going?” Be enthusiastic, smile and thank them for their time.

This approach shows your confidence and your friendly approach, which are traits interviewers look for in a  team member. Also sets you apart from other candidates that might come off unsure or shy.
Practicing these tips of confidence will help you build your confidence — which will work in your favor as the interview continues.

B. Ask Good Questions During the Interview

Most job seekers see the interviewer as the question-owner and they just answer questions, they politely wait to speak when addressed. An approach that will not yield good results.

Instead, thrive to make every interview a two-way street. This is the most efficient way to ace any interview.

How do you turn the interview into a two-way conversation?

Ask good questions during the interview that make the interviewer sit up and take notice. From the moment the interview starts, make it a discussion by asking good questions throughout the conversation.

For example:
  • Beginning: Ask how your interviewer is doing? How long they have been in the role?
  • Middle: Ask questions about the job or your interviewer’s background.
  • End: Ask good questions about the company and culture. Check infographic and list of questions below!

Think about the interview as a chat with a friend. In other words, if you were chatting with a friend, what questions would you ask them about their work, job duties, and the company?

Avoid asking a lot of questions with no direction, you need to allow the interviewer to ask a question. Lead the conversation, make it casual, informative, and enjoyable conversation.

80% of Hiring managers are more open to the two-way dialogue approach. Although sometimes employers require a more formal approach, if that’s the case, let it be.

We created a cool infographic for reference of 10 best questions to ask in an interview even when it’s your turn to ask the questions in a formal setting.

The number one goal is to impress your potential employer and gain useful insights into whether or not this is the right place for you to grow.

In return, you need to prepare questions to ask your potential employer about the position, your boss, and the company in order to be sure that this is the right job for you.

You should prepare at least 3 to 6 questions that confirm your interest in the job, your drive to exceed expectations in the role, and the reality you’ve done your homework researching the company, industry, team, and department.

The Key To Using These Interview Questions Successfully: Is To Make The Interviewer Sit Up & Take Notice.

Interview questions for the company

What does the company value the most?
How does the company define and measure individual and team success?
Can you give examples of the least desirable views of the company’s culture?
Where would the company like to be in five years?

Interview questions for the interviewer

How long have you been with the company?
What do you enjoy the most about working here?
What makes you a contributor at your job?

Important Tip — Use these questions as prototypes for questions based on the particulars of the situation and position you are interviewing for.

3. Be Friendly, Likable and Show Your Personality

According to research. People hire people they like. Most managers think to themselves when they are hiring a candidate “Would you want to be work with this person for eight hours?”

You don’t have to be serious in interviews, try to be yourself and show some of your awesome personality. It’s okay to laugh, relax and enjoy the interview as a conversation. Take a hint from the environment, surrounding and the interviewer. If they seem more easy-going or they are very formal.

Research also shows that people like people who are like them, which is why you should try to find a common connection with your interviewer. Check their LinkedIn profile before the interview, check for common connections, things you might have in common like the same school, past employer, friends, groups etc. and then try to mention some of these similarities during the interview.

4. Control your Body Language

Amy Cuddy, Harvard Business School professor suggests that your body language can make you feel more confident.

Go to the bathroom before your interview and strike a power pose. Act confident even if you don’t feel confident and nervous.

We know this is a tough task and a tall order to ask if you are nervous. The key is to establish the approach, master it and apply it. Practice — Practice — Practice. Practice with your friend, family member (brother or sister) and your recruiter.

Record an intro with your introPulse profile and check it for mistakes like “hold up” “mums” or “Ahs”.

A confident verbal communication style is important as well, and the best way to ace an interview is to prepare and anticipate questions.

This is where practice comes handy — here’s a good list to start to use in building your confidence and interview skills.

The most common question is — Tell me more about your background? It’s always asked in an interview and this is your chance to wow the interviewer.

This is an open-ended question, so it gives the interviewer the opportunity to go in any direction, based on your answer.

Most interviewers who ask this question are not well prepared or not seasoned. So this question is the first that comes to mind to give the interviewer time to scan the resume for the first time. 

From there, the interviewer can drill down into specifics. They focus on how you are a fit for the job you are interviewing for. 

The interviewer is asking “Tell me more about your professional background as it relates to this job you are applying for.”

A few other tips for radiating confidence: Make eye contact, mind your body language, keep your answers concise, and try to avoid Yes or No questions and avoid questions that are so general they are difficult to answer.

You don’t want the interviewer to struggle to answer your questions especially when you are trying to make a good lasting impression and build rapport.

5. Know where you stand.

Always be prepared to ask questions at the end of an interview to know where you stand. Asking questions shows your interest in the role and how you can succeed. Also, this is your chance to continue interviewing the interviewer.

What do you really want to know to help decide if the role is right for you and how they feel about you?

Top questions that can offer a good insight into the job include:
  • Now that we talked about my qualifications and the job, do you have any concerns for me succeeding in the role?
  • By when do you expect someone to start in this role?
  • What are your goals for this year?
  • What is the next step in the hiring process? and when do I expect your feedback?

A Job Is Only GREAT When It’s a GREAT Match for Both parties.

While taking the approach of — interviewing the interviewer will lead to more job offers — it won’t always get you the job you want. Sometimes, it’s just not the right fit for you.

During some interview, you wouldn’t be able to connect with the interviewers regardless of what you do or try.

If you are honest with yourself, you will realize that you wouldn’t want this job. Not being hired sometimes is a blessing and can open doors to a great job that you really want and will enjoy.

A Job Is Only GREAT When It’s a GREAT Match for Both parties.

So, continue to practice to ace your interviews — interview the interviewer or the employer. After all, it’s obvious that you have to.

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Be Awesome at what you do!

The introPulse team.


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