Listening Techniques for Interviewees…and Dogs?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 4, 2011 in , , | No Comments

In an interview, the employer will ask the applicant many questions.

Not every question may seem relevant…and some might seem downright strange.

For example, one interviewee recently commented that an interviewer asked, “if you could be any breed of dog, what would you be?” While this question might prompt a good laugh, how you answer this particular question speaks volumes to the trained interviewer. Here is where your effective listening and interviewing techniques come in handy.

Choose the Best Answer

Below are two examples of how the question above might be answered. See if you can pick out the best answer, but also be able to answer why it is the best answer:

The Interview Process

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 11, 2010 in , , | 1 Comment

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!

Preparation cannot be stressed enough when it comes to interviewing. The more you prepare, the better you will perform face-to-face with an interviewer. Consider these preparations; fully know the content of your resume, dress professionally, know proper responses to interviewers questions, answers to illegal or uncomfortable questions, what to do at the end of the interview, ask for the job, and send a thank you note. If you practice with a Career Specialist in your career center, friend or family member in a mock interview, you will build confidence along with valuable feedback from them about how you might improve.

What does your voice tell interviewers?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 11, 2010 in , , | 4 Comments

A good first impression is essential when interviewing.

This might be one thing easily overlooked–how you sound.

What’s in your voice?

Did you know that the tempo of your voice in an interview may be a dead giveaway you are depressed?

Usually, depressed people talk slower and without inflection. What’s your tempo? Is it upbeat, moving at a normal pace? If not, it is important to change it before an interview.