Tuesday, December 6, 2011

10 Clues to watch for in an interview

After an interview, most of us replay the scenario back in our minds to figure how well we did and if we think we got the job. Here are 10 clues to figuring out how well your interview went.

1.) Did the interview talk about next steps and a timeline with you? (Your future with company)

2.) Did the interviewer ask you about your own timeline? (Any Other Job Offers)

3.) Did the interviewer try to “sell” the position or the company to you?

4.) Did the interviewer mention that the company has a lot of good candidates they’re talking with or that they have a lot of decisions to make internally before they move forward?

5.) Did the interviewer interrupt you or look bored?

6.) Did the interviewer spend a lot of time answering your questions?

7.) Did the interview run over allotted time?

8.) Did the interviewer show you around the office, introduce you to others, or suggest a future meeting with someone else on their staff?

9.) Did the interviewer give you any direct feedback?

10.) Have you heard from your referees that the employer has called them to validate references?
    *Keep in mind that these clues are not solid guarantees of receiving the job position, but while you are waiting to hear the results seeing the pattern in the signs listed can give you some insight on how things might have gone.

    Article Source: "10 Clues to watch for in an interview" by Alison Green

    The Science of Apologies: What Is the Best Way to Say Sorry? (By Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D)

    I chose this article because it ties into the strategy of “Mortification” in the image restoration theory. Mortification involves an individual/ organization giving an (public) apology to their offender and is considered the best thing to do. It is the best because apologies can resolve conflict, repair hurt feelings, improve all types of relationships and promotes forgiveness. It shows responsibility, courage and integrity and increases loyalty and trust.
    Unfortunately in some cases, apologies don’t always work. This may be due to the wrongful act being unforgivable or the victim is not looking to forgive the accuser. However can be also be due to the fact that the person may be apologizing the wrong way.
    A new set of studies has shown that different types of apologies appeal to different types of people and that the key to giving the most effective (right) apology can be found in thinking carefully about who your audience is.

    Researchers identify three distinct forms of apology:

      1.) Offers of Compensation- attempt to restore balance through redeeming action. Compensation is sometimes tangible and/or can be emotional or socially supportive. (Ex. I’ll pay for the damages,) 2.) Expressions of Empathy- Involves recognizing and expressing concern offer the suffering you caused. This type of apology helps victim feel understood and valued in the relationship. 3.)Acknowledgment of violated rules/ norms- Admitting that you broke the code of behavior of the organization, social group or society you identify with.
    These three types have been shown to be most effective when delivered to people who view themselves in particular ways

    Independent Self-Concept: People who focus mainly on their own rights and needs. This type of people respond more favorably to apologies offering compensation.

    Rational Self-Concept: People who see themselves as primarily defined by their relationship with others (friends, spouse, colleague). More common among women, this is most effective when it includes expressions of empathy rather than giving compensation.

    Collective Self-Concept: People who see themselves as members of important groups, organizations and cultures that they identify themselves with first. Wrongdoings are experienced as betrayal of the relationship or code of behavior of group. Group rules govern the way you are to behave.

    When creating an apology, ask yourself: “Who am I talking?”, “What are they looking for in the apology?”,

    Knowing something about your audience will give you the clues you need to identify what is bothering them and how to give the most effective apology that will bring forgiveness.

    Article Source: "The Science of Apologies: What Is the Best Way to Say Sorry? "  By Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D