Possibly the most important two minutes of an interview actually take place before the interview starts — when you are sitting in a reception area, waiting to be called into the hiring manager’s office.
- Know your game plan.
- Show passion, self-confidence and humility.
- Say nothing bad about anyone or yourself.
- If you want the job, ask for it!
- Focus on the interviewer-put other things aside.
- Greet the interviewer with a warm smile and a firm handshake.
- Make eye contact throughout the interview.
- Be prepared to discuss potential rapport builders or icebreakers in case the interviewer is distracted.
- Don’t cut off rapport building short.
- Help the interviewer create an interactive conversation.
Uniqueness, Competencies and Accomplishments
- What is your unique selling proposition or “What makes you different?”
- Define 3-4 key competencies.
- List 5 accomplishments to defend each competency
- Be prepared for questions about “outside of work” activities-interests, drivers, and motivators.
Follow the 60 Second Rule!
See Career Profile: The Two-Minute Drill