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The Anatomy of A Great Answer for Your Interview

When you’re interviewing for a new position, literally everything about you is being evaluated in that short space of time you’re conversing with a hiring manager. Your appearance, your diction, your knowledge, the way you carry yourself – all these can have a bearing on your potential success at a new company, so they’re all being closely watched by a manager.

Preparing for the interview

There are quite a few things you can do to prepare for a job interview, beginning with researching the company that you're interviewing with. You should have a good understanding of what the company manufactures or what service they provide, and at least a general sense of their history in the area. Part of your research should have raised some questions in your mind about the company’s processes, employees, or possibly their commitment to the region.

Bring these questions with you to the interview, because there will generally be a time where the interviewer asks if you have any questions for them. By asking several questions, you’ll be demonstrating that you have done some research on the company and are at least knowledgeable enough to ask questions and be thinking about how you might fit in there.

It's also a good idea to take a few minutes to review your own resume and anticipate the kinds of questions you might be asked about the information on it. Since your resume basically lists your work experience, your achievements, and your academic experience, you should be prepared to answer any questions about previous companies you've worked for and the kinds of skills you used in those positions. It's also possible you may be asked about your academic background, so you should be prepared for that as well.

In addition to reviewing your resume, another helpful strategy for interview preparation is to memorize possible questions and practice your answers. By familiarizing yourself with common interview questions and formulating well-thought-out responses, you can increase your confidence and composure during the actual interview. This approach allows you to showcase your skills and experiences effectively, highlighting your suitability for the position. Memorizing potential interview questions also helps you stay focused and organized, ensuring that you provide concise and relevant answers. If you're interested in understanding how the brain works and how memory plays a role in learning, you can visit This website offers valuable insights into the intricacies of the brain and provides a deeper understanding of cognitive processes.

Establish a connection

Keep in mind that the interview is not exclusively centered around an exchange of information between you and the hiring manager. While you're providing answers to their questions, they will also be evaluating you in terms of your personality, and whether or not you will fit into their company culture.

Throughout the interview, you should attempt to establish a connection with your interviewer, so that the entire experience is more like a running conversation than a series of questions and answers. It will help your case to smile occasionally since this is a good indicator of a benign personality and someone who will be cooperative on the job. You shouldn't make an overt effort to steer the conversation toward the personal life of your interviewer, but if it does come up, you should definitely take advantage of it and try to make a personal connection.

At the very least, you could end up making a very favorable impression on your interviewer. As quickly as possible, you should try to get comfortable with the whole interview format and with the questions being put to you. The less nervous you are and the more comfortable you can be during the process, the better impression it will make on your interviewer.

Why you're a great candidate

From your perspective, the whole point of the interview is to show the manager why you're a great candidate for the open position. The hiring manager will have the same objective, so he/she will be asking you questions about your skills and competencies, and how they can relate to the requirements of the open position.

One of the best ways to demonstrate your suitability for the job is to talk about specific situations where you were required to use those competencies and skills in order to resolve a work situation or issue that you were forced to deal with. It's very common for hiring managers to use the STAR method in order to find out just how capable you are at applying your skills to real-life situations.

The STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Results) incorporates a discussion of the Situation, i.e., the real-life task that arose where you were required to use certain skills to do your job. The Task will be exactly what your responsibilities were when the problem arose, or what you were confronted with that caused you to use your skills. The Action describes exactly which skills and competencies you used, and how you used them in order to overcome the issue on the job. The result was hopefully a resounding success, indicating that you successfully used your skills and competencies to overcome a real-life work situation favorably, allowing production to continue.

This STAR method is a very common instrument used in interviews because it shows very clearly how a candidate would use their existing skills and knowledge to overcome a work-related problem and resolve it successfully. If you have two or three incidents like this that you can recall and clearly discuss, it could be extremely helpful in showing the interviewer why you would be a good candidate for their company.

Always listen

Even if you have a wealth of experience to draw on, you should not be so eager to relate it all that you monopolize the conversation. Listening can be as important as talking, so make sure to pay very close attention to your interviewer. Keep in mind that listening is one of the most important job skills for any position, and you should demonstrate that you’re just as good at listening as you are at actively performing.



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