adonai wrote:Anyone have general tips on interviewing better? I feel as if I can get my foot in the door with writing cover letters and spinning my resume well, but I just can't execute on the interview. Need help from uber ultra social people who are quasi-stand up comedians i.e. not me.
Definitely not a quasi-stand up comedian, but I've had fairly good success at interviews (*knock on wood*). A couple general tips:
*Practice saying your answers to questions out loud ahead of time.
*Smile and be friendly.
*You don't have to be funny. If you're not funny, don't try to be.
*If a question catches you off guard, just be honest.
The biggest thing, though, is that you should bring questions. You can steer the direction of the interview if you bring good, smart, specific, open-ended questions.
The girl who took my job at the law firm only got the interview because I referred her. She had the weakest resume, but she killed the interview. She told me after that she just asked a bunch of questions the entire time, and that really impressed my boss.
So, the next interview I had (for my dream company in my then new city), I used that strategy as well and got the job! I had a lot of interviewers remark about how good my questions were, so I think that played a role.
I know it's not particularly ground-breaking advice, but it's worked so far.