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Present your message

Every question deserves a clear, focused answer, and the second component of your response should be your message. It captures in one sentence the point you want to make.

In a job interview question above—”Tell me about yourself”—the message could be: “I thrive on creative projects.” If you’re answering the question “How is Project X coming along?” and your grabber is “It’s on track,” your message might be: “We have already found ways to reduce costs by 40%.”

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Begin with a grabber

The grabber is a bridge from the question. For example, if you are asked, “Tell me about yourself,” you might respond “I’d be happy to.” If the question is “How is Project X coming along?” you might reply, “It’s on track.” If you are asked for quarterly results, the grabber would be that number.

Note that these grabbers respond to the question but do not provide a full answer. They bridge from the query and do so in a confident way.

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You have to support your message with proof points.

If your message in a job interview is “I thrive on creative projects", when you give the reasons you can say that: 

  • "In university, I studied graphic design at a top school."
  • "I love nothing better than working on campaigns that include a strong design element."
  • "My portfolio is full of examples that have earned me and my firm design awards.”

To organize your thoughts, it’s best to introduce these points with “First,” “Second,” “Third,” etc.

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Every answer must have a purpose—it should result in action. A call to action shows that you as a leader not only have a message, but you are delivering a message that is actionable.

In a job interview, your call to action could be: “Is there anything more you need from me to bring me on board?” or, “I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps.” The call to action in a job interview shows your confidence as a candidate. It makes clear you assume there is a next step as you move toward being hired.

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What you should not say
  • Starting with something personal like family or hobbies, or launching into your life story.
  • Sharing the problems with your current job.
  • Summarizing your resume, point-by-point. Assume that your interviewers read your resume before inviting you in for the interview.

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1) How have you approached building professional relationships while working remotely?

Here’s a few ideas on how to address this question in a thoughtful way:

Gettingto know a new person can be so tough without ever getting the chance to meet in person, so if I get the opportunity to get to know your staff, I plan to do my best to take every opportunity to share my perspective, my story and my experience. I hope this will allow me to introduce myself in a way that doesn't put too much of a burden on my future colleagues, especially while we're all navigating remote work.”

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The STAR Interview Response Technique
  • (S) Situation: Explain the background of the situation. What was your job?
  • (T) Task: What was the particular task you had to perform? If there was a particular problem you were addressing, explain what it was.
  • (A) Action: What action did you take (or what skills did you use) to complete the task or solve the problem?
  • (R) Result: What was the outcome of the situation? Did you complete the task well? Did you solve the problem?

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