Job or Graduate School
◊ Phone (or Video) Interviews ◊ In-Person Interviews
When eligibility among candidates is equal, chances are the job or program admission (or fellowship) will go to the one who communicates best. The most successful interviews are genuinely interactive dialogues that present you as the most qualified, fitting and likely to enrich the company, organization or institution.
◊ Prepare thoroughly, but don’t memorize—you want to be fresh, authentic and engaged with the particular interviewer.
◊ Demonstrate your respect for, and thorough familiarity with, the company / organization / institution.
◊ Practice in advance your responses to probable questions, anchoring your answers in your experience, not in abstraction or theory.
◊ Keep details to a minimum; instead allow pauses to give the interviewer the opportunity to ask for detail if/when it is wanted.
◊ Use facial expression, body language and voice quality to convey your exceptional abilities and significant accomplishments, while not appearing boastful about them.
◊ Anticipate the unexpected, so you’ll have the composure to handle it should it arise.
◊ Specialized assistance (including accent reduction) for International Speakers of English.
This is what Cross-Culture Communications is all about.
Contact Susan Cooper—and see how working with her can work for you.