Five Things to Try on Your Next Interview

{ Dear Cookbook, do you have any job interview advice that will help me stand out from the rest of crowd? Please help! Dallas }

Dallas, you are definitely not the first person to ask this question. In fact, thousands of other job seekers are looking for answers as well. Which as you can imagine, is part of the problem. With so many people unemployed these days, it’s hard to know exactly what to say or do during an interview. This is compounded by the fact that unless you know someone at the place you are interviewing at, odds are you don’t stand a chance in hell of actually getting the job! So you really need to know your stuff; or at the very least, know some tricks that will help you answer their questions and potentially help them overlook the questions you screw up on. With that in mind, check out these five tips to try on your next interview:

Tilt your glasses. Before answering a question, tilt your glasses ever so slightly and look down at the interviewer over the top of your glasses. This is a subtle reminder that you wear glasses and therefore, are brilliant.

Repeat the question. If you are asked something you don’t know how to answer, buy yourself some time by repeating the question back to the interviewer. It will make you look deep and thoughtful. Don’t be afraid to do this 2 – 5 times or until you’ve come up with a good answer to their question.

Be over-confident. When asked where you see yourself in five years, immediately congratulate the interviewer on their future promotion as your number one underling. Make sure to add, that you’re a natural fit to become their boss’s boss, but you’d be remiss to forget all the little guys whose loyalty and support helped you climb the company ladder so quickly.

Smile and wave like a princess on a parade float. Between questions, it’s important to remind the interviewer how pretty you are. Smiling big and doing the princess wave will leave little room for doubt.

Answer a question with a question. Whenever you answer a question with a question, it reminds the interviewer that they are not the only one with the power. It will also keep them on their toes during the interview, as well. I prefer using vague unanswerable questions, as it makes the interviewer feel unworthy of your intelligence and proves just how much they truly need you to work at their company.

Are you thinking about using some of this advice on your next interview?  Before you do, let’s take a gander at Jobless Johnny and Hireable Hank’s results:

Jobless Johnny took overconfident to new heights. After answering the ‘where you see yourself in 5 years’ question verbatim, he then jumped on the interviewers desk and started doing his version of the dance from ‘Saturday Night Fever.’ With his dance stopped prematurely, he was then physically removed from the premises and charges of sexual harassment are currently pending.

Hireable Hank was waiting for his interview when he saw Jobless Johnny being forcibly removed from the building. Due to the similarities in their appearance and the spectacle Johnny was creating, Hank decided that he would need to find somewhere else to apply.


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