4 Steps to the Perfect Interview

After nearly three months and fifty applications, you have an interview scheduled for next week.  Out of two choices, which would you choose?

1. Memorize the top Fifty Interview questions of the year and hope they are asked?
2. Learn a four step answering technique to answer every question positively?

 

I didn’t have time to add all fifty questions and potential answers in this article so I decided to talk about option two.

The Four Steps to a Perfect Interview Answer

The Four Steps

 

1. Now

2. New

3. Company

4. Close

…simple

 

Now

Where are you at now? How do you see yourself and what skills do you currently have or have been using?  In the normal problem/solution question we receive in an interview, consider this step the “problem.”  During the example questions of an interview, consider it an exact experience.

The truth is that every answer needs a foundation, and “Now” provides the foundation for building up the “New.”

 

“Good Order is the Foundation of all Things” – Edmond Burke

New

Where do you see yourself in the future?  How will you use the skills and experiences you have in an applicable sense?  Build up on the foundation and talk about how your “Now” affects your future – either you will learn from the bad or you will expand the good.

As you’re about to discover, this is actually one of the easier steps.  You are given the freedom in this step to create the perfect scenario where you reach out to a team member for help, independently find a solution, or problem solve in your dream opportunity.

This is your opportunity to grow yourself! What could make a potential employer more happy than to connect that growth with their company?

Company

Connect your growth to the company.  “I see myself reaching out to others for help in a constructive team environment (New), much like at Jones & Jones co., how a team culture is appreciated and utilized to accomplish tasks and develop solutions (Company).

Connecting your growth within the organizational culture shows not only that you researched them beforehand and ♥care♥ about their company, but are able to link your values to their mission.

After they become amazed in your answer, as an admirer loses themselves in a Picasso painting, let them know when you’re done talking to avoid any awkward silence between questions.

Close

This is the most difficult step.  To make the close as simple as possible, “say what you have already said.”  Just like any five paragraph paper that you learned how to write in the fifth grade, summarize everything at the end in a simple format.

An example of what a closing statement may look like:

“So with my beginning qualifications (Now) and applying them forward (New) towards growth at J&J co. (Company) I do consider myself to be qualified, did that answer the question completely (Close)?

And that’s it.  It is important to answer the “Close” section with a question, if not, then a “matter of fact” statement.

Other Closes
  • Did that answer your question?
  • Is there anything else that I could clarify?
  • And that’s why I.. am qualified/ am comfortable with kids/ am able to work weekends and nights etc.
  • Did you have any other questions about my answer?
  • Was that a clear answer to your question?
  • And how did you feel in the beginning about the organizational climate?
  • How did you see someone, in this position, with regards to working.. in a team/ independently/ with events?
  • Did anything stand out that you would like to ask about further?

 

Closing with a question stimulates a continuation of the conversation and makes it an interview rather than an interrogation.

You have the power to maneuver the interview, and they give you that power each time you are asked a question.

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