How to Take a Cue From Your Interviewer

April 10, 2014

Career Advice

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Even the most qualified candidates can lose out on a great opportunity if the interview doesn’t go as planned. It’s hard to land an offer after a failed face-to-face meeting. But we have one interview tip that may increase your chances of landing your dream job: take cues. You’ll have to be a good listener and you’ll have to be able to react quickly, but if you can pull it off, you’re one step closer to sealing the deal.

1. Really listen to each question that is asked.
What is the interviewer trying to discover by asking this question? Sure, you’re always supposed to paint yourself in the best light possible in an interview situation, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid the goal of the question. If you feel like you’ve missed any important points or left anything up in the air, don’t be afraid to ask, “Did that answer the question or would you like me to elaborate?”

2. Adapt to the setting.
Does this interviewer give off a fully-polished professional vibe or a more casual vibe? Does cracking a joke seem appropriate? Assess the interviewer’s personality and even the room you’re in. Make sure you’re not acting too uptight if you’re getting interviewed in a room with a ping pong table in it. And make sure you’re buttoned-up if you’re getting interviewed by a suit-wearing exec.

3. Treat it like a conversation.
Think “conversation” and not “interview.” Conversations are a two-way street and that’s exactly what an interview should be. If you approach it like a conversation — albeit a professional one — you’ll feel a little more comfortable. You’ll pay attention to each question that’s asked, you’ll take emotional cues from your interviewer, and you won’t be afraid to ask questions back to the interviewer.

Read more interview advice on the Spectrum Brands Careers site.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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