As a business person in charge of a large first-line factory and a startup company for more than 10 years and interviewing more than a thousand people, I have met all kinds of job seekers. I found that most of the time, whether the job seeker is a recent graduate or has already worked. For eight-year veterans, I usually know the results of the interview 5 minutes before the start of the interview.
After communicating with many colleagues and HR, I found that everyone is actually the same. Although current job seekers do have a bit richer experience and skills, they are still unavoidable from the fate of “5 points hanging” or even “3 points hanging”.
why? The first impression is not good.
The impression here is not good, and it does not specifically refer to looks and dress. In fact, as long as it is not particularly casual, then we generally follow the ethics of “not judging people by appearance” and begin interviews patiently.
Our first impression often depends on the applicant’s self-introduction.
Next, I will talk about some misunderstandings that job applicants made during the interview.
- Recite your resume directly
Excuse? The interviewer is not blind. You can match your name with the resume he got, and you can determine who you are. You don’t need to repeat the content of the resume from beginning to end.
When you start to repeat the information the interviewer knows, he is already impatient. If your introduction is longer, there are many bad-tempered interviewers who have a bad impression of you and start to stop your introduction.
After many classmates explained who they were, they began to describe what they did from school, what time they went to what company and what work after graduation, and then they went to another company. They have been talking about it until now.
Makes people sleepy.
In fact, this is a typical lack of focus. The first job for job seekers is sales of an insurance company. It has been 3 years, and now I am looking for a job as a new media operation. Shouldn’t you talk more about where you are suitable for the job? Should you expose yourself to the shortcomings of the experience of being ineffective?
- The length of the page is not controlled
When introducing themselves, many job applicants showed two opposite behaviors:
- Long talk;
The former is a long talk, and may be more fully prepared and want to show enough. As everyone knows that the interviewer’s attention is limited, and before you get back to finding what you just said on your resume, you skipped over and didn’t hear much in the end. More importantly, the interviewer does not know when you will end and can only interrupt you. Then both you and the interviewer will be in a relatively confrontational atmosphere, which is a taboo for the interview.
The latter hastily, are you really here for an interview? How do I feel that you are despising the interviewer?
- The content is completely unchanged
The job seeker will prepare a self-introduction, but the problem is that only one self-introduction is prepared. No matter what position or type of interviewer, the content of the statement is the same.
This is actually a manifestation of insufficient preparation and lack of empathy.
The job search is to reach a consensus with the interviewer and gain recognition, then you need to understand what the interviewer cares about. The product director does not care about your previous achievements in writing soft articles, and the HR interviewer does not care much about how proficient you are in Python.
If you encounter a group face, there will be your previous interviewer among the interviewers. You can think about the embarrassment of repeating the interview experience.
- Take yourself into the ditch
When some job seekers introduce themselves, they will have “political struggles in the previous company”, “contradictions with colleagues”, and “no performance”. And other sensitive words.
For this kind of job seeker, I usually pay tribute to him: You are a warrior, and you will become a martyr immediately.
After the interviewer hears these key points, they will generally ask immediately. If this is not the design of the job seeker, then it is very likely that the interviewer will be speechless. Even if this is the job seeker’s design, it will make the interviewer think “Are you trying to do me?”
So is there any solution? Or a universal formula?
I can only say that the students who have this kind of idea are too naive, and it is really an elementary school exam.
Although there is no universal formula, there are still a few principles and tips. I hope to help you:
- Adjust the introduction according to the interviewer’s identity
The interviewer’s company, occupation, age, gender, rank, interview round, and the most important job description. They have repeatedly emphasized that this is a unique interview. Before the interview, you should do a good job of self-introduction to the position. If you have already had multiple rounds of interviews, you should adjust the focus of self-introduction to cater to the focus of the interviewer.
- Design self-introduction to guide the interview focus
What does the interviewer want to hear, the point! What kind of growth do you have, what do you care about most and what you are good at, what do you have suitable for this position?
Then you should design topic guidance during self-introduction, and let the interviewer ask questions according to your ideas, so that the smoothness of the interview will be greatly improved. You can use the space design and some emphasized words to help the interviewer find the key points.
- Concise introduction + end reminder
Self-introduction should not be too long, 3 minutes is the limit, generally 1-3 minutes is recommended. You can do the simulation exercises yourself and keep time. When you introduce yourself, you should add a reminder, instead of understanding the end, waiting for the interviewer to ask “Are you over?” This is equivalent to giving the interviewer the lead. You can use “I believe I am qualified for this position, please advise” after the end, which not only serves as a reminder, but also politely promotes the interviewer.
- Grasp the active rhythm
In fact, this is the principle behind 2 and 3. Do you think that the interviewer wants to help you think about things, and deliberately makes things difficult for you? In fact, he just wants to test whether you are qualified for this position. If you can take the initiative to control the rhythm and lead him to understand you, then why not he.
- Do more mock interview exercises
Some people think of various interview questions when they think of an interview. In fact, even in special positions such as technology development that rely on written tests, most people rely on “face-to-face” conversations. Otherwise, just prepare the question and complete the answer within a limited time?
As a senior interviewer, I want to emphasize a concept. Being able to answer questions does not mean that you will be interviewed. In reality, you can have very logical conditions and answer wonderful questions. When faced with the stinky face of a serious and impatient interviewer, your mind may be blank.
There is a kind of interview, called “stress interview”, which is to test the performance of job applicants in a high-pressure environment. Even if you think for an extra minute, you can come up with the perfect answer, but at the time, you may even talk about familiar self-introductions. Not sure.
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