Just like everything else, the interviewing process has evolved over the years. Organizations have become more effective at interviewing candidates and identifying the ones that would be the best to hire for their open positions.
So what does that mean for you, the candidate?
It means that you must prepare for modern interviewing techniques, often referred to as “behavioral-based interviews. Why are they called that? Because the company is attempting to evaluate your past behaviors and experiences in order to predict how successful you’ll be if you work for them in the future.
However, how company officials are going to ascertain that is not by asking straightforward questions with simple answers. They’re going to ask elaborate questions that require more thought and that should be relayed in a storytelling format. They want you to tell them a story that will explain why YOU are the best candidate for the position.
Below are five ways to prepare for modern interviewing techniques if you’re about to have a face-to-face interview:
1. Conduct research regarding behavioral-based interviews, including what questions might be asked and how you should approach answering them.
2. If you know anybody who has interviewed with the company in question, consult them about how they were interviewed.
3. Research the company. This is something that you should do regardless of whether or not you’re seeking to determine the type of questions you might be asked. Researching the company helps you to prepare for the interview in a comprehensive fashion.
4. Prepare your “career stories.” You should have a minimum of five, and more would be preferable. These stories should illustrate instances in which you provided tremendous value to an employer or other organization, highlighting your skills, talent, and specific behaviors.
5. Hone your storytelling skills. Some people are naturally better storytellers than others. What kind are you? Are you a natural? Or is it difficult for you to tell an engaging story? It’s important that you’re able to accurately assess your abilities, so that you can improve them. Everybody loves a good story, and your ability to tell one could very well determine whether or not you receive an offer of employment.
As you might imagine, preparation is just one half of the battle. Execution is the other half. Preparation doesn’t mean much without execution, but execution isn’t even possible without preparation.
Proper planning is the starting point. Before your next face-to-face interview, make sure that you’ve done all you can to prepare for modern interviewing techniques. Tell the stories that company officials want to hear about why you are the candidate they should hire.