The 3P’s of interviewing

Anyone can learn to interview well provided they remember the 3 P’s of interviewing:


You can not control what you have not planned.
Have a strong idea of what you say before you say it.
You must practice your presentation and learn as much as you can about the company, interviewer and position before the interview.
Think about your personal strengths and weaknesses before the interview and have answers ready that will explain them.


Go through as many interview scenarios as you can to practice and refine your interview technique.
Listen to and act upon suggestions that may have been made.
Go over past interviews in your mind – note those areas in which you feel you did well and those in which you feel you could improve.


The theory of first impressions holds.
Create a strong, straightforward first impression.
In most cases the interviewer makes up his/her mind in the first few minutes.


Selectively present the facts in an organised, confident manner. Do not merely rehash your resume.
On average, the people who get the jobs are the people who do the talking, are are excited about what is is they are saying.
Interpersonal and communication skills are very important in an interview.
Your background, education or experience got you the interview – YOUR SKILLS WILL GET YOU THE JOB.


An interviewer will look at the whole package – how the interviewee looks, sounds and the material content and organisation of their response. An effective presentation includes the following :


Eye contact must have a purpose.
Settle your eyes on the interviewer for the time it takes to complete a thought.
Eye contact not only gives you the appearance of being in control; it helps ensure that you are in control by limiting the stimuli you must deal with. What happens if you forget what is is you wanted to say ? Regroup and maintain eye contact with the interviewer. It doesn’t hurt to be human – admit that you have lost your train of thought


HOW your say something is just as important as WHAT you say.
Be assertive in the tone of voice you use. Speak clearly and speak up ! ! Your voice mirrors your personality and therefore, by varying your tone, volume and pitch, you are
better able to communicate your thoughts.


Almost half of all communication takes place on a non-verbal level
In an interview, your body may be used to add clarity or emphasis to the points you are trying to make, or to express your feelings and attitudes.
The correct use of body language makes your message more memorable or meaningful, adds punctuation to your and may help relieve your nervous tension. S Your visual message is portrayed by your posture, use of hands and arms, facial expression, eye contact and body movement.
Just remember, as with most things in life, moderation is the key.
Always keep in mind those lessons your parents tried to teach you at an early age :

  • Sit up!

  • Don’t slouch !
  • Leep your chin up !
  • Keep your shoulders back !

If your body movements are distracting, or do not agree with your verbal message, your body can defeat your words.
For example : sitting stiffly or slouched when talking about something that excites you or interests you, swinging your hands to emphasize your points, or rocking back and forth in your chair when giving a response.

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