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Interview Tip: Put Yourself in the Interviewer's Shoes

Most job hunters prepare for interviews by printing off a list of 20 common interview questions, outlining answers, and calling it a day. This is just a start to your preparation, and here's a way to take your readiness to the next level.

Put yourself in the interviewer's shoes. When she's looking at your resume, what questions will she likely develop? Come up with specific experiences that go with each question and work out the best answer when you practice aloud. Then, ask a friend to play interviewer and think of her own questions. She'll likely come up with some that you missed, and you'll feel even more confident going to the interview.

You don't want to sound rehearsed when you're in the actual interview, but I've found that this preparation method doesn't have the effect of practiced delivery. The interviewer's questions will probably be variations of what you practiced, so focus on each question and then think about which of the experiences you reviewed would be appropriate to mention.


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krrn krrn 8 years
you can practice a lot but you still won't know what they'll ask. i had an interview a week ago and i rehearsed a bunch of questions. when i got there, the interviewer didn't ask any single question i had planned an answer for. i still ended up doing well though because it sounds better when your answers aren't super rehearsed. i just go into interviews with the mentality that i'm just going to be myself but just a little more censored than usual.
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
p.s: I also printed out questions online to ask the candidate, I have a bunch to ask myself relating to the position, but some of those questions online are helpful as well
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
OMG This is so ironic! I am about to interview the first candidate for my assistant position 20 minutes actually.. It is the first time I have been in a position to hire an assistant and im only 23 and im super nervous!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I agree with you bigestivediscuit ---- I think sometimes it comes down to if you fit into their culture and if you would be agreeable. At my last job, when they interviewed they looked for people who would only fit the culture and if you didn't you weren't considered. Not to mention it was about who you were - trust me they did professional and personal background checks (with the people they knew).
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
It's so weird with job interviews, because in my opinion, you can't ever really tell how you did. I had a terrific job interview last year somewhere and thought I did really well, but didn't get the job. I had a terrible one the next day and actually cried as soon as I left the building, and got the job!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
good idea, I hope to have some interviews soon so I will start practicing!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
god, i hate job interviews.
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