My Personal Experience with Interviews

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My Personal Experience with Interviews

By Roy Mackey

Whenever someone mentions the words “job” or “hire,” fear is an almost involuntary, natural response. It’s not uncommon for applicants to fumble and fail to respond properly to basic interview questions, and then not get hired. Not getting hired can do bad things to a person’s psyche and emotional stability, and it gets worse when the applicant knows that it’s because he or she fumbled the interview. A training seminar on Interview Skills may help. It covers both spheres of the interview interaction by training one to be an effective interviewer, while also training one to respond appropriately to interviewers. In this course, they’ll cover the basic questions interviewers should ask, and how to respond to them appropriately, and this is a subject that isn’t really covered a lot in many schools. I’ve found that it is a much cheaper option than paying for a whole year of tuition to get the skills needed to ace an interview for the job of my dreams. Certification and degrees aren’t necessary to ace an interview, after all.

Interviews can always seem scary and intimidating at first, but that’s just at first. It’s something that does get easier with practice, and that’s definitely something the course offers. A majority of interviewers do use the same set of questions, like “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” or “Why do you want to work for our company?” Often, these questions are traps that don’t actually mean what they seem to. Without practice, it’s very easy to fumble an answer to them and it can easily come out wrong. Fortunately, the course trains you to answer these appropriately, since it also teaches that interviewers are looking for a specific kind of answer and attitude during the interview. Good answers that meet the interviewer’s criteria can definitely get you on their good side, and even if they don’t hire you because they found someone who’s an objectively better hire than you, it will still make conditions favourable for you and your professional reputation if the company that does hire you asks around about you. A good example of interview skill I recall from my time in that training seminar is to manage your demeanour to inspire favour and confidence in your ability. To do that, I had to learn how to speak and act confidently, but not arrogantly or humbly. A balance had to be struck between the two to make sure I didn’t come off as a braggart, but also to make sure I didn’t come off as meek and falsely modest about my relevant skills. The course taught me that interview skills were so much more than a template answer to the interview questions; it taught me that it was all about demeanour and delivery. When I learned this, the times I wasn’t hired in favour of someone I was more skilled than made a lot more sense. They might not have presented as much skill as I had, and they might not have had as much on their resumes, but I realised that I was being falsely modest, and needlessly so. I was invited to come to the interview under the impression that I was proficient enough to do what they would task me with, but if I did not sound or speak like I was capable, it would hurt my chances of being hired that much.

The course provides great benefits to people aiming to ace the interview, or to break into becoming an interviewer themselves. Learning from the course isn’t all that difficult due to the service called content customisation. It’s a service Paramount provides that allowed me and any other clients enrolling in other courses to tailor the content that the course would provide to our fancy. I got to choose the design logos, the reference material, the activities for learning, and everything. It was great, I picked up the skills needed to ace the interview in almost no time with the professional trainer they set for us. Speaking of skills, I picked up a bit of knowledge on body language too, a quaint little bonus benefit that was relevant to the course’s material. It proved helpful to me in a number of interviews, since being able to read the interviewer’s body language helped me change tack and respond more appropriately. I got off much better in those interviews than I would have if I hadn’t had that little extra benefit.

Another benefit I gained from taking the training course was being able to apply the skills outside of the interview scenario too. Because I learned all about how to respond to questions appropriately, I learned how to read questions better too, so I got better at knowing what someone was actually asking, and how to dodge or answer loaded questions. More people at work would talk to me because word spread that I wasn’t difficult to talk to, and that I could always provide reliably direct answers to most work-related questions. It expanded my network, and my path to success grew wider and more welcoming. In the way of personal development, it definitely benefitted me by arming me with more competitive skills for life both in and out of the workplace arena.

I’ve found that the course is especially necessary for people who want to get hired, especially for the ambitious people that might be a bit down on their luck in the job search business. If you’re interested in improving your questioning technique, or your ability to answer interview questions, then this course is definitely a great find for you. Taking this course at Paramount Training and Development is a sure way to improve your chances at getting hired at your next interview, or at least, to improve the chances that the Human Resources department will consider you more favourably. Start today, and you could be working your dream job tomorrow!

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