shutterstock_InterviewingInterview –  It is a word that gets me pumped up and excited.   It is an opportunity to hear what makes someone excited about what they do now or what they want to do.  The interview is a chance to meet someone new (in most cases) and see what they are all about.  Well, that is just my humble view so let’s take a look at what an interview is. 

Wikepedia defines an interview:

“An interview is a conversation between two or more people (the interviewer and the interviewee) where questions are asked by the interviewer to obtain information from the interviewee.”

What I like most about this definition is the first key word used is conversation.  What a powerful word to start out with – Conversation.   The word conversation feels more like sharing ideas, thoughts, and information rather than one person asking questions while the other person waits to answer. 

The next word to highlight is questions.  Yes, there will always be questions in an interview.  I will not write about interview questions just yet, but want to share one thought around questions.  Questions are not just for the interviewer.  You should also be asking questions to learn about the position or company you are interested in.

The last word in this definition I like is information.  Much of the interview is sharing information.  This information could be examples of your work, educational background, motivation, skills, abilities……….There are just too many examples that could be used here.  The point is information needs to be shared by both the interviewer and interviewee. 

Using the three key words from the definition, an interview is a conversation with questions to share information. Unlike everyday conversations, an interview needs preparation and practice to do really well. My suggestion is to write down examples of what you have done that describe your knowledge, skills, and ability for the position you are about to interview for. Think about what question you might be asked and practice answering those questions. This will help you share the right information when asked a question. Try to be as relaxed as you can and be yourself.

More to come in the next post.

Take care.


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