An job interview is all about having a conversation.
It must be!
The challenge is that some still view it as a grilling session – an interrogation where the interviewee (you) need to rope-a-dope to keep damaging info off the table and all the great stuff on it.
The interviewer has problems and issues. You have solutions and answers. The interview is a conversational back and forth to see if your solutions match her problems.Â Beyond that, it is also a chance to see if there is chemistry or “fit.”
During all my successful interviews, we asked each other questions and moved each other along.Â In my worst sessions, I spent the entire time answering questions and trying to sell myself, ie talking about me and not how I could help her.
A lot of that has to do with fear. Well Harvard Business Review tweeted or twatted or whatevered a short blip on their HBR Insight Center and its all about communication.Â The lead article was not designed for job hunters and job interviews, but…
Using Stories to Overcome Fear
In uncertain times, if leaders don’t tell and sell a purposeful story that incites their employees, partners, investors, boards of directors, and other stakeholders to manage fear, confront uncertainty, and collaborate with change, someone else will write their future. That usually leads to a story with an unhappy ending.
Fear can paralyze or catalyze an organization. Leaders’ willingness to embrace fear dictates how successful they and their enterprise may be. Leaders must tell a story that makes fear an ally, not an adversary, ultimately conveying the message that fear F.E.A.R is “false evidence appearing real.”
The article is written by Peter Guber – you’ve heard of him, right?
Think of your interview. How did it go?Â Did you tell stories? Did you give human examples? Did you expand on the skills and accomplishments you listed on your resume with people and situations?
What Mr. Guber writes of, you could easily apply those lessons to job interviews.
Have a conversation.
Peruse the Job Blog: Interviews for more great articles and tips on how to best navigate this crucial encounter. Good Luck
Of course, getting to that interview takes some work…