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August 2013
Are You Picking Up Interview Clues?
by Susan Reynolds

Isn't interviewing fun? And your entire life is on the line! Talk about crucial conversations! So it's strategically important that you do the best job possible of portraying your strengths and skills in a manner that's well received by your listeners!

This has been a week full of interviews for job search candidates I know, so be encouraged that there’s economic movement afoot. Organizations are making changes and seeking top prospects. Now to make sure that you're an interviewing winner!

Here are several tips, some more obvious, some more subtle:

  1. Do your homework! There will be many clues available about your target organization and its decision-makers. Make distinct effort to ascertain the probably culture of the workplace. Look into the backgrounds of any interviewers that you can predict. Take a look at the organizations from which they came themselves, their schools, their interests. It's all informative.

  2. Take a careful look around when you arrive at your interview destination. (I’m not going to address all the interview professionalism tips herein. That's topic for another article.) The environment all around you will provide many clues to appropriately predicting the culture of an organization and the temperament of its people.

  3. Turn on your "radar". There will be indicators of temperament, management style, performance criteria, and more. Then do your very best to mirror the vocabulary style, physical demeanor, and even conversational pacing. Pay attention to the word choice and attitude of those with whom you're speaking, and make small adjustments to your own choices. You’ll be able to determine how much detail to include in your answers, and whether humor is a good bet for you.

People don't and can't change personalities BUT you can detect and capitalize upon subtleties that are still going to land in a compatible zone for you. And of course, if you're detecting a "no fit" in styles and culture, that's going to be important to your choices too, right? Get the right job, with the right organization!

Susan Reynolds is a senior partner at NewMarket Careers in Santa Clarita, a job search, career strategy, and resume-writing firm geared toward managerial, executive, and senior level professional careers. She can be reached at or 661-755-3308.

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