Have you ever went through an interview where interviewer was asking you questions which were totally out of context. You may have stuck at that point of time. You are well prepared for certain questions and interviewer is asking the questions out of blue. For some questions, you don’t even have a clue, for some questions, you didn’t want him to ask you.
Have you ever wondered what will happen if you control the interviewer, allowing him/her to only ask you the question, you want him to ask.
Do you know what your results then will be?
It’s amazing to control the flow of an interview.
If you find this interesting, please read further.
I learnt this technique from one of the panel members of Career Launcher. Although it has some limitations but if you use it at correct times, it will work like charm.
Warning : Don’t try to use this at each and every answer otherwise you will fail miserably. I used in my interview when I got calls from IIMs. You can read my story here.
I got the chance to use it for 3 times, I could have used it for more than three but I didn’t practice that, so I couldn’t use it deliberately but I could recall that interviewer asked me the same question I wanted him to ask.
Shortfall of this technique is if you don’t use this technique at right point, it can backfire on you and you will lose your chances of making it in any interview.
How to use this technique
If interviewers ask you “Why do you want to do MBA?”
Always end your answer on a note where you want him to concentrate. Let’s say you want him to focus on your job related expertise, then end your answer with that. If you want him to focus on your hobbies or your passion then end your answer on that note.
If interviewer asks you ” What are your strengths?”
Direct him to your most powerful strength by giving examples , but remember to say your most powerful strength in the end and then back it up with relevant example…don’t fake it though.
If interviewer asks you “What are your long term goals?”
Reply him by stating your long term plans. If you have plans to continue your job and move to higher level position or better organization or whatever, be specific and direct the discussion to the point which is in your favor.
If you have plans to start your own business, bring any of your special skill out and state it. Back it with relevant example and also elaborate on why that skill can help you to start your own business.
These were few examples.
Always use take away approach when it seems like you are losing the control.
Don’t try to give control in interviewer’s hand.
Now, when this approach can backfire you?
If accidentally, you end up answering some question ending with a sentence or topic, you are not comfortable/strong/confident at, the interviewer judges that very quickly and he/she will start asking question on that topic and you are on the loosing end.
Still, you can turn the tables by using same trick, by answering such questions ending on a positive/strong note where you are again in control.
Use this trick wisely and increase your chances of converting your calls. Best of Luck, see you at the top.
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