Many Talent Acquisition professionals get questions quite frequently from job seekers asking for tip and tricks for job interviews. Most specifically focus on how to answer certain questions and ask the right questions. This probably sounds a bit familiar to many. I am often asked questions like: (1) Can you provide some sample interview questions? (2) How do I answer the salary question? (3) What questions should I ask at the end of an interview? (4) Should I tell a potential employer that I’m pregnant? (5) How do I answer the question, tell me about yourself?
Well folks, there is a wealth of information and answers to these types of questions all over the web and you will see if you’ve done any interviewing research that many have different views on how you should answer those questions. All of this is lost if you don’t have the total package.
So many job seekers focus on the mechanical details of an interview and forget altogether that many of the aspects of interviewing are not mechanical. Sure, you could answer all of these questions well and have succinct, articulate answers for all of them, but they are all lost if you don’t have the total package!
Have you ever watched The Voice on NBC? If not, you should. It is a show where amazing, unique and powerful singers come to achieve their dream of becoming a star in the music industry. They sing to artists who have already proven themselves on the big stage. One important element to recognize is…it’s not all about “The Voice.” It is about the complete package and 70% of the complete package is presentation, confidence, chemistry, connection with the audience, style, range, fit, pitch and showmanship. The same competencies are critical in interviewing.
The point – Think of the interviewers as the proven artists on “The Voice.” Work on the total package and not just the mechanics of interviewing. That’s not to say you don’t have to know the mechanics, you have to nail the mechanics or the basics to make it to the big stage. Just make sure that when you hit the big stage you have worked on presenting yourself as “The Total Package” and BRING IT!Share