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3 Goals for Gaining an Interview Advantage

June 2018- Highlights from ‘How to Hack Your Job Interview’ Webinar by Jeff Baird

3goalsforinterviewadvantage

Remember the last time you met someone and during that first encounter you established a stronger than average rapport and connection? It was probably a really beautiful thing, and the start of hopefully a long-lasting friendship or relationship!

1. Achieve familiarity.

“I feel like we’ve crossed paths before. You seem very familiar. Are you active with the local Project Management association? Were you at their recent professional development day?”

You know that feeling when you determine you share a people connection? Or you grew up in the same small town or went to the same college? Or you are part of the same Association/MeetUp? It helps make the conversation more comfortable. As a job seeker/interviewee, if you can establish familiarity with the Recruiter, Manager, etc. during an interview, you’ve already achieved a leg up!

2. Identify similarities.

“I saw on your LinkedIn profile that you volunteer for the American Cancer Society. I’ve been on an ACS volunteer board for the last 11 years!” That was the start of a conversation I had with a Software Architect I was working with regarding some jobs when he was in the job market back in 2011, and I’ll never forget it. It was an excellent conversation from the get go, and we are still in touch to this day!

Jeff stressed how we’re “tribal by nature,” and therefore have a stronger connection and overall impression of people who are similar. One of your interview goals should be to determine and acknowledge common interest/s. We call those “me too!” moments, where you are looking for opportunities to say “me too” in reference to something they’ve said or shared.

3. Overall good “vibe.”

“I really enjoyed meeting Holly. She just had such a warm demeanor about her, and was very friendly. She would definitely be a good culture fit here.”

Jeff’s third big suggestion was all around attitude and the presence and vibe you give off. He described it as giving off “good feels!” One of our suggestions that should be part of your interview preparation is to get yourself in a good mood prior to walking in that door. Whether its 5 minutes of meditation, visualizing your most positive interview experience or even a recent event you had a lot of fun at, a really healthy breakfast/lunch, and/or reflecting on a couple things you’re grateful for, take measures to optimize your mood so you start off each interview on the right foot!

Want to watch Jeff's 30 minute session? Access the recording on-demand here.


Jeff Baird is a certified body language trainer, goal hacker, hiring manager and the anti-boring corporate trainer. He's also worked in IT and Business intelligence for nearly 20 years and is a Chris Hemsworth look-a-like. Just checking to see if you're still reading. Jeff's approach is science backed, applicable & fun. He'll help you take control of your nonverbal communication, 'read' others' body language and finally nail those stretch goals. He's ready to help you break through your career (or life) plateaus.

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