The Killer Question - Focus the Interview

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The Killer Question
Prepare to be Prepared
Speech! Speech!
Example Little Speech
Introduced the Requisite
Another Example
Hard Worker
Focus the Interview
Who's Running This Interview
Getting Ready for the Killer-Question
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In a mere 275 words, this successful general manager candidate managed to:

1. Focus the interview only on the positive aspects of his resume. Sure, Kenny has moved around a lot, but, after this answer, the interviewer might think, "Gee, look at all he's managed to accomplish everywhere he's gone."

2. Got the interview started the way he wanted it to go. He demonstrated experience, leadership capabilities, and a good understanding of the market.

3. Introduce just the right amount of humility into what is a fairly braggart-like answer to the question ("I must admit..."). The result: Kenny has portrayed himself as a roll-up-the-shirtsleeves type of manager who will have trouble neither in getting along with bluecollar workers nor in discussing strategies with the "suits" back at headquarters.

4. Turn things over to the interviewer with a very informed question.

Note that both Barb and Kenny did not attempt to write and memorize an answer that would make a professional writer proud. Sentence structure is correct and grammatical, but it is not overly complicated. There is a sprinkling of industry "jargon" in Kenny's answer, but it is appropriate. The more "perfect" you try to make the words in such an answer - replacing every word with its higher-falutin cousin from your thesaurus, making every paragraph a single, multiple-claused sentence - the more artificial it will sound.

 

Just make sure the five key points in the generic outline are covered - a brief introduction, key accomplishments, key strengths, the importance of them all and how you see yourself fitting in, and that you communicate the information you want to in a clear and concise manner.