There is one skill that can differentiate you from other job seekers during the interview process. It’s so simple.
Please stop talking.
This seems counter-intuitive, but you are interviewing for a job and not deconstructing your life history on Oprah’s couch. Arrive at the interview with some level of prep. Research and understand the organization, the culture, and the job. Read the job description 100 times, even though the job description probably sucks. Think about your professional history and how your knowledge and experiences could be used to demonstrate your unbelievable awesomeness.
Walk into the interview with the goal of being likeable but owning the conversation. Keep your stories simple, make great eye contact, and STFU when you are done talking.
Important things to know.
- Only rookies add an afterthought or additional commentary onto a story.
- Only knuckleheads will joke around and try to seem funny. This isn’t Last Comic Standing.
- Realize that when someone else is talking during the interview process — like the hiring manager — it’s a sign that they like you. They are too busy talking about themselves to judge you harshly.
Silence is your secret weapon.
Now please STFU and get a job.