Don Goodman on Jobhunt.org has some good advice on connecting with the interviewer and how important that is to getting your next step. It is interesting to try to do this via other mediums as discussed in the Why we all need media training post I put up yesterday. For a traditional in person interview, it is much easier to identify and work with body language. Through the computer or video screen, it is much harder to do that but it can be taught to compensate for body language cues that are missed via a video connection. For in person interviews, which you should hopefully be having if you are a serious candidate for the position to the interviewing company, you can use these tips in the article about body language.
I have mentioned here a few times about the importance of telling a story around your accomplishments - it is engaging and less boring for everyone involved. This is a time when if you can use some humor, it is nice to have a nice laugh - but be careful with humor because it can fall flat and/or be controversial if you are not careful. Asking questions is so important and that goes hand in hand with knowing the interviewer and the company - try to have these questions already identified in advance of the interview but also be prepared to think on your feet and truly listen to the interviewer to come up with new ones that are relevant and come up during the session.
What do you think about the advice in this article? Do you have any tricks for connecting with the interviewer? Do you think it is important to build a connection? Let me know in the comments or via tweet or even through the chat function below. Happy Hunting!
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