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Some of us are lucky to end in that position where you’ve stayed in the company for so long, they trust you with interviewing the applicants. A friend of mine from work is a month ahead of me and he’s trusted with that now.
1st Platoon, on your feet, folks! The Sergeant is here to help you make the shift from former interviewer to current interviewee!
- Time. This is actually measured in seconds. The first thirty to sixty seconds is the most crucial when being interviewed so make it count. Subconsciously, and this is sort of true based on experience from my workmate, that body language shows them who you are before you’ve talked. Do not mess this up.
- Question. No, don’t make the first question. Let the interviewer start the conversation and just follow the flow. Let them take charge as this will make them feel more comfortable and allow them to subconsciously make you submit. They’re simply testing you if you crack under pressure and if you’re an asset to the company.
- Stories. This might seem a bit odd but it’s true. Make them believe you’re an asset by making stories (albeit truthful stories and not fraudulent ones). This will involve work experience as well as non work related experiences (so long as you can relate it to your desired work description). Don’t go overboard by making extravagant stories as the interviewer will recognize it. It’s too good to be true.
- Manners. Finally, when the interview is complete and they’ve asked what they want and so have you, remember business etiquette and say your thanks politely and even shake hands as a sign of courtesy. You don’t need to kneel in front of them and kiss their hand as if it’s a holy relic. You just need to be courteous, responsible and respectful.