NEWS + ADVICE
Nine Cardinal Rules of Interviewing
Hundreds, and probably thousands of rules, guidelines, and guides have been written about how to interview. Some are more helpful than others. However ignoring the Rules of Interviewing listed below can ruin your chance of getting a cleared job!
Rule # 1 Never answer a question you don’t understand. Ask the interviewer for clarification.
Rule # 2 When an interviewer asks you a question, figure out the purpose behind the question and then answer accordingly. True for any question but especially so for those that touch on or covertly allude to sensitive areas such as age, religion, race, gender, politics, etc.
Rule # 3 Do not answer any question in a self-deprecating way. Ever!
Rule # 4 Exhibit a positive and appropriate attitude, manner, and energy level for the corporate culture in which you are interviewing. Do your homework and learn about the culture of the organization before the interview.
Rule # 5 Learn to listen to what’s being said, and for what’s not being said.
Rule # 6 Get comfortable with silence. If the interviewer has stopped talking, don’t fill the void unless you have something meaningful to say that will help your candidacy. Smile and wait for the interviewer to talk again.
Rule # 7 Sell what they’re buying!
Rule #8 Identify any skeleton(s) in your past (in the initial Planning and Strategy phase of your search preparation), and prepare an answer that puts it in its best light.
Rule #9 Never, never, never wing it!
I’d like to hear from you. As someone who has been actively job seeking and interviewing, have you encountered any interesting interview questions?
(1) What was or is the most frequent question you have been asked?
(2) The most difficult question?
(3) The strangest or most memorable? How did you handle or answer the question?
Feel free to share your information right here, or send it to [email protected]. Thanks in advance. And wishing you success in your search for a new cleared position.
Nancy Gober is a career strategist who has helped thousands of job seekers find employment. She’s also been a popular resume reviewer at our Cleared Job Fairs. You may reach Nancy via email at [email protected]. Follow Nancy on Twitter @AfterJobClub.This entry was posted on Monday, August 25, 2014 7:00 am