Join Valerie Sutton for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating difficult interviews, part of Acing Your Interview (2013).
Although you have prepared well for the interview and enter confidently, there…are uncomfortable situations that can turn into a bad interview.…A common situation you might encounter is drawing a blank to a question you're asked.…In this case you'll want to ask for a minute to think.…This will allow you the opportunity to collect your thoughts and…answer effectively.…If you've prepared well, the more common situation you'll run into is facing a bad interviewer.…A bad interviewer might be unfocused, disinterested, and unprepared.…
If this is the case, you'll want to take charge and say something like, here is…the most recent copy of my resume, let me tell you about some highlights.…This allows you to focus on your strong points as they pertain to the position.…A bad interviewer may also dominate the interview by doing all the talking.…In this situation you'll want to be an attentive listener and take notes.…If you want to break into the conversation, lean forward and try to get…your message across.…
- Understanding interview formats
- Anticipating questions and preparing answers
- Researching potential employers
- Establishing good body language in the interview
- Reviewing your performance
- Answering questions using the Situation-Action-Result method
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Where can I learn more about communication skills?
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Q: This course was updated on 6/05/2013. What changed?
A: We added new videos on handling tricky and possibly illegal interview questions, what your body language says about you, and how to answer questions with the SAR (Situation-Action-Result) method.