How to Give a Good Interview

You’ll give a good interview by understanding that an interview is a head game. When you understand how to play the game, you’ll know how to give a good interview. What follows are four interviewing tips that will dramatically increased your chances of walking in with confidence and walking out with a job offer—or at least a good possibility you’ll receive an offer.

The first tip is to understanding that hiring managers are in the same pressure cooker as you are. They’re worried about making the right hiring decisions. If a manager hires the wrong candidate, their job is on the line. Most hiring managers have not been trained in how to interview candidates and would rather be doing their own job than interviewing you.

This works to your advantage. That’s because you can take control of interviews by trying to help your prospective employer fill a need, instead of your feeling needy about having to find a job. All it takes is to change your attitude about interviewing from feeling you must get this job to understanding that the person sitting across the desk is just as stressed about interviewing as you are and you’re there to help him.

The second tip about how to interview is to show the employer that you’ve got the right stuff, instead of thinking you need to plead for the job or give a knock ‘em dead interview. This approach—demonstrating that you can do the job— will reduce your anxiety. It will also relax the interviewer because you’ve taken the focus off her and placed it on trying to match the job’s requirements

This is how to be liked by a potential employer. And being liked is the name of the interviewing game. After all, you must be liked before someone will hire you.

The third tip is to understand that chemistry is more important than the skills and experience you offer. When an interviewer knows you’ll fit in with the rest of the staff, you’ll make a good impression and be called back for the next interview.

The fourth tip is about how start your interview in a way that puts you in control.

Copyright © 2015 by Ransom Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.