There are piles of books and cheat sheets on interview "best practices" - how to speak, dress, and answer cookie-cutter questions. These are great to begin with, but to be the top pick from a pack of interviewees, you'll have to tap into your creative self. Start thinking about Creative Job Interview Ideas with this Forbes publication.
The good news is you can practice creativity even before you take the hot seat. Yes, there will likely be curveballs thrown at you during your interview, but with practice, you'll hit these out of the park with poise and elegance. Virtual interviews add another layer of complexity these days so make sure to read Get it Together: Tips for a Stellar Zoom Presentation.
I've personally gone through the slog of interviewing for hundreds of jobs in medicine and biotechnology. The best interviews were ones that felt 'natural' because I researched the company (their strengths and weaknesses), what types of people they typically hire, and practiced and tweaked my answers over and over before interviews.
One of the best ways to practice and tweak your answers to interview questions is by impersonating your interviewer. You can do this by using a text reader (our favorite is Leksi.co ) to read aloud your answers to interview questions. You'll be surprised at how different your answer sounds out loud vs. how it sounds in your head.
Here is a quick guide on how to use Leksi text to speech to prepare and polish your answers for your big interview.
1. Brainstorm some questions your potential interviewer may ask you.
Here are some common ones that often stump interviewees:
Why should we hire you over someone else?
What improvements would you bring to our company?
What do you think your previous employer would say about you?
How does this job fit into your long-term goals?
2. Type and create audio versions of your answers in Leksi.
You can do this by logging in to Leksi and clicking "Add a note" in your Library.
TIP: Create a new entry for each question and click "Listen to this" to convert your answer from text to speech. This will later allow you to shuffle your answers and listen to it in a different order.
3. Listen to your answers, as if you were the interviewer.
You can listen to your answers over and over since it's automatically saved for you. Assess your answers to ensure that they have the following characteristics:
It answers the question with confidence and brevity.
Your answer is unique and specific to you.
Your answer ties in with the specific needs of the company.
TIP: Edit your answers if necessary, and repeat the text to speech steps 1 through 3 until you feel like your answers are the best versions.
The secret to a successful job interview: brainstorm interview questions, convert your answers to audio, listen to your answers.
Because each job description is unique, you will likely have different answers to these questions at each job interview. It would be wise to have all your answers read aloud for every question. However, if you are one to think quickly on your feet, you can probably get away with improvising on the spot.
Job interviews can be stressful. But with some prep, you can boost your confidence and lessen the anxiety. Begin practicing your answers a week before your interview by having it read aloud. Join Leksi for freeto start converting your interview answers from text to speech.