05 June 2014

5 of the Best Things to Say in an Interview

The best things you can say in an interview won’t necessarily get you the job on their own, but they can certainly pave the way. Keep these five things in mind as you go through the interviewing process to give yourself the best chance at landing the job.

1. Ask Good Questions
Doing so shows that you are thoughtful and interested in understanding the company. There’s usually a chance to ask questions at the end of your interview, so be ready with questions that show you’re engaged in the process but only limit it to a maximum of three.

Here are some suggestions, including:
What is the top priority for the person in this position over the next three months?
What have past employees done to succeed in this position?
What are some challenges that will face the person filling this position?

2. “I’m flexible”
Whether it’s about possible job duties, a potential start date or simply timing for the second interview, stressing your flexibility makes you easy to get along with.Hiring managers don’t like complications, and having to coordinate complicated schedules or haggle over a job description eventually just makes you look difficult. While you certainly don’t want to be a pushover — and “flexible” shouldn’t define your salary negotiation — show your potential employer that you’re interested in results that work for everyone.

3. The Company’s Own Words
Before your interview, become familiar with the company’s website and literature. Pay attention to the words used — what’s important to the organisation?In your interview, hit key words that appeared on the company website or brochure. These key words might include team, leadership, simplistic, culture or growth.

Mixing these keywords into your answers can provide a subtle hint that you are plugged in to what the organisation is looking for.

4. “That’s a Good Question”
Use this phrase instead of blurting out “I don’t know” if the interviewer stumps you with a surprise question. It can give you a few moments to come up with an answer and, in the meantime, strokes the interviewer’s ego a little bit too.Avoid the “I don’t know” answer when possible, but of course don’t lie about your experience or training.5. Reasons You Want the Job

Knowing a job prospect’s motivations is important for managers who are hiring.

During your interview, talk about how this position fits into your future plans and the ideas you have about your career, how it fits with your values, and what you would like to learn from it. Talk about how you see yourself in relation to the company and what you believe you can bring to the position.

These kinds of thoughts show who you are as a person, and go a long way toward giving the hiring manager an idea about how you might fit in the company’s culture and values.