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We consulted with Mission’s resident interviewing expert, Ian Faison (Twitter: @ianfaison), to figure out what makes a great interviewer. Stephanie (Twitter: @stephpostles) and Ian also talk about how to be a better interviewee and why it takes at least 20 minutes to develop a rapport with someone.
[2:00] How To Be A Good Interviewer
- Ian has three rules for how to be a good interviewer.
- But before we dive in, watch Chili.
[2:30] Rule 1: Be Prepared
- “Much like in negotiation, the advantage goes to the most prepared.” -Ian Click to Tweet
- Do research. Find nuggets about things, places, times, or events, that bring people out of their shell.
- “You gotta get your creep on and do your research.” -Ian Click to Tweet
- Do The Creep.
[3:55] Rule 2: Have An Idea Of What Story You Want To Tell
- Mentioned: Lessons from Amazon: ‘Mock Press Release’ Discipline to Sell an Idea
- In a sense, you want to write the headline before you do the interview. This helps you formulate an overarching theme that you pull from throughout the interview.
- But you can’t let this theme dictate all of the questions you ask:
- “Most of the time, you don’t ask 80% of the questions you have prepped.” -Ian
- “The worst interviews I’ve heard are when people are sticking to specific questions even though the guest is going one way.” -Stephanie
[6:55] Rule 3: Be Funny (Or Familiar)
- The best thing you can do is be funny. But that’s really hard, so if you can’t be funny, then try to be familiar.
- “The first 20 minutes will suck, every time.” -Ian
- Mentioned: Bill Simmons and Al Pacino Interview
- Start with something they are very familiar with to get them comfortable.
- Mentioned: The Ultimate Pregame by Advanced Selling Podcast
- Embarrassing side note: Steph doesn’t know who Green Day is…
- “The small talk part is really important.” -Stephanie
- People struggle to talk about themselves.
[10:15] How To Be A Good Interviewee
- Good ask from an interviewer: What type of stuff would you like to promote? What’s the purpose of this for you?
- Exciting side note: The Journey Podcast – coming soon!
- Ian’s tip for job interviews: Prep 2 or 3 vignettes that relate to the company and yourself. No matter what questions are asked in the interview, figure out a way to tell these few stories.
- Always research, research, research the company before the interview.