Interview Skills
That Will Make A Great and Long Lasting Connection With The Interviewer

One of the little recognized facts about interview skills is that the most important part of what you are trying to accomplish in an interview is to make a personal connection with the interviewer.

You need to demonstrate that you are the kind of person that collogues like, respect and one that they want to work closely with and spend endless hours.  You need to create a special connection and bond...people like being with people they connect with and can share a common bond.

How do you do that?  By reading of course!

Have Read Any Good Books or Articles Lately?

Being in the over 50 age bracket we tend to be nose to the grindstone, shoulder to the wheel types of people; after-all we may have more family and personal tasks to attend to than our younger competition.  When we have work, we work.

We tend not to network during those times, or even to read books or important industry articles.

If we read a book, it is a leisure related book.

When you are looking for a job, the best thing you can do is to check the popular reading list for a business related book that you can easily consume and enjoy.

What I am talking about here are titles like "The Essays of Warren Buffett : Lessons for Corporate America." A simple check of your local bookstore's business books section will bring to your attention a variety of titles and subjects. (I actually haven't read this book, so I am not specifically recommending it.)

What you are looking for is something that is widely read, but will interest you.

What you want to pull out of it are phrases and ideas that you can sprinkle into your conversation in an interview so you will sound current.  Remember that we (in the over 50 age group) need to stay relevant and one of the best ways of doing so, is to bring intelligent tidbits into the conversation.

This will educate you, keep you on current relative events and enhance your interview skills...and stand out!

Little Known Secret of Successful People...They Read Books!

Most successful managers read management books to keep up to date on the latest ideas and trends.

With any luck they will have selected the same book that you have, which will allow you build a rapport, create a common bond and help the interviewer feel comfortable with you...all that could help "seal the deal." 

More Interview Skills That Will Help Your Interview

Research Earnings Calls, Quarterly Reports & Blog Posts About the Company

With so much out there, I’m baffled that few of us look past the company’s homepage, "in the News" or more importantly the "About" page.

In order to develop good interview skills, you must learn to bring in important and relevant facts from informative sources.

Use Google Alerts

Keeping up with company news is hard, especially if you’re interviewing with multiple places at once. That’s why Google Alerts is a savior; it’s a tool that emails you anytime a new story appears for a specific term. That way, you learn about the company and it's key players without searching for them.

Make Sure You EXPAND on Your Resume -- Not Repeat It!

The interviewer has already read your resume and knows your basic skills and background, but NOW in the interview is where you can expand and go into much deeper details and expand on your success and achievements. 

If you fail to do this, the interviewer will take this as a negative, and think that you may not be what your resume and cover letter say you are -- now is the time to prove it by going into greater detail!

Use Social Sweepster To Clean Your Facebook & Twitter

Today most interviewers will search your social media for any red flags. Use Social Sweepeter which is an app that detects pictures of red solo cups, beer bottles, and other “suspicious” objects.

It even detects profanity from your past posts!  Those old college photos are not so funny or cool now!

“Too many recruiters reject candidate because of something they found on their social platforms” Social Sweepster CEO Tom McGrath says.

Use The Three Step “PAR” Method To Enhance Your Interview Skills

Many people have interesting experiences that could help enhance a job interview, however, due to nervousness, we forget them.

The PAR method is a great interview skill.

To overcome forgetfulness have three anecdotes ready to plug into your interview:

  • Problem – what was the situation?
  • Action – what did you do to solve it?
  • Result – what changed afterwards?

With this format, you can adapt your PAR anecdotes to fit a variety of questions such as “tell me about a time you worked with a team” or “when have you struggled most?”


  • Problem:  When I worked on XXX, a new college product startup, our big marketing challenge was finding a way to get college professors to try our product.
  • Action:  Right away we realized that they preferred our product once it was in their hands, so thinking out of the box I teamed up with about 100 students from about 50 colleges.  With their help my team and I developed a custom outreach plan for their campus and we provided resources to support them.
  • Result:  This was highly effective in creating awareness. In fact, it became a competitive advantage as all professors heard about the tool from students instead of an ad.  The value proposition came across more authentically and basically the product sold the students pre-sold its virtues.

Ask Questions That Kill Two Birds With One Stone

At the end of your interview, it’ll be your turn to ask a few questions. This is a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.  Take the lead and ask genuine questions while then conveying something new about you.

Most just do the first part and forgo a final chance to impress the interviewer.

This is your chance to show the interviewer that you care enough, and came prepared with you own thoughtful questions.  Make sure they are genuine, make sure to listen and engage in a dialogue that allows you to bring forth more depth about you -- this is an golden opportunity since being in the over 50 age range, you have many more experiences to draw from.

Learn even more interview skills here.

Use it to your advantage and don't leave anything on the table!

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