Knowing how to conduct a good interview is a skill which can come in very handy. For no matter what area your job is in, having a firm grasp of some solid interviewing techniques can, in many circumstances, save the day.
Say you are about to participate in an important meeting, or introduce yourself to a potential client. Knowing how to put people at ease but still get the information you desire is a powerful skill indeed.
Of course, questions form an important part of any interview, but no matter how good your questions are, there’s not point if you don’t actually listen
to what people say.
A classic mistake is to concentrate too much on the next question. Instead of listening to an answer, people start thinking about when they can interrupt or what to ask next. Answers often lead to new questions. If you’re not listening, then your potentially missing out on new and interesting information.
Once you start taking note of what people actually say, it will become much easier to ask then about themselves. In most circumstances, people like to talk about the business and their lives – asking about certain projects their involved in or their opinion in certain areas will help break the ice.
Interrupting someone can be seen as rude, but it’s a bad habit that many of us do unconsciously. Try to be aware of when you you are interrupting and apologize for doing it. If you have a genuine or interesting point, then most people won’t mind.
Finally, thanking people for their time is a way of letting them know that you valued your conversation. Introducing just a few little techniques here and there, could make a big difference to your working day.
* Ask relevant questions
* Listen to what people are actually saying
*resist the urge to constantly interrupt
*Thank people for their time.
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