The Beauty of an Interview

Post by: Tom Schin
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 Eye of the Beholder

I don’t know who coined the phrase "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," nor is it particularly relevant to this discussion. The point is you’ve heard that phrase a number of times in your lifetime, and it carries across from those admiring a number of situations – architecture, nature, watching kids play at a playground. It’s all relative.  The same can be said about your interview process.

I can’t tell you how many people think they’ve ‘aced’ an interview, when in reality, they over shot, or overestimated how well they did. I won’t go as far to call it arrogance, but there’s a fine line between being just confident

 enough, and overconfident when presenting you to an employer.  I thought it might be helpful to point out a few things that might be worth consideration for future job seekers when considering the interview.


The easy stuff:

The hard stuff:

In any event, as the title suggests, your results are not only a reflection of how you answer, but how you look (experience wise) in the eye of the person you’re interviewing with. You might think you ‘aced’ it, they might think otherwise and vice versa (you can always ask). Pay attention to how engaged they are in your responses and your questions.  It’s hard to get a read on a stranger, but if they spend more time looking at the wall than making eye contact, or they are leaning so far back in their chair that it might suggest nap time is imminent, it’s time to tweak your strategy. Rest assured, they’re paying attention to the same vibes coming from you. Stay engaged, stay confident, and stay present in the moment.

These and other strategies can be reviewed in our blog. No two interviews are the same. Take our suggestions at face value, but use what makes sense for your job search strategy. Whether you're looking for a temp job, or just trying to learn more about how a staffing or recruiting company can help you, visit our other posts.