Unconventional Advice for Candidates

Unconventional Advice for Candidates

 You’ve been prepping for this interview for weeks. You’re confident, prepared and ready to wow. But are you ready to listen?

As a recruiter at Prestige Scientific, I often see candidates so focused on making a good impression in an interview that they forget about good old-fashioned conversational skills.

Amanda Abella, a career coach, writer, speaker and founder of the Gen Y lifestyle blog Grad Meets World says, “Powerful listening is a coaching tool, as well as an amazing skill to have in your life. The art of conversation lies in knowing how to listen — and the same applies to job interviews. Know when to talk, when to stop talking, and when to ask questions.”

It’s always smart to practice for interviews by memorizing answers to common questions: “Why do you want this job?” and “What are your greatest strengths?” being two very common ones. But listen closely for other, unexpected questions and be thoughtful about your replies.

With your ears open, you will also hear clues about what this job is about, and what the hiring manager is looking for.

By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific, Inc.