Interview Techniques 1 - Make your point

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by Venn GroupNo comments

Make your Point!

As a recruiter I often take feedback from clients that can be difficult to share with candidates. Feedback like “The candidate really prattled on”, “The candidate didn’t actually answer any of the questions I asked” and “The candidate gave us one word answers” but these are all  issues that can be resolved easily with a few practiced interview techniques. Techniques such as P.E.E which was taught to me when writing essays at school but having thought about the processes I realised how well to applies to interviews as well.

P for Point

This is where you make a statement or response about the question you have just been asked.

Example: Yes I have management experience.

 

E for Evidence

This is where you use your CV or previous experience to back up your statement by quoting where you have done this.

Example: “I managed a team of seven Buyers whilst working at Calderdale Council in my last position”

 

E for Explanation

This is where you let loose (not so loose that you forget what you want to say) and explain how the evidence backs up your point. Here you can explain how you managed the team, what challenges you faced and how you dealt with them.

Example: “Running a target focused team and keeping them motivated when you have seven different personalities meant I had to deal with multiple challenges in the working day but I used multiple techniques to ensure each member of the team reached there full potential. One of my team members in particular preferred close guidance and reassurance while others preferred a more laissez-faire approach and felt comfortable approaching me for assistance should they need it.”

 

So the whole answer would go something like this:

“Yes I have management experience; I managed a team of seven Buyers whilst working at Calderdale Council in my last position. Running a target focused team and keeping them motivated when you have seven different personalities meant I had to deal with multiple challenges in the working day but I used multiple techniques to ensure each member of the team reached there full potential. One of my team members in particular preferred close guidance and reassurance while others preferred a more laissez-faire approach and felt comfortable approaching me for assistance should they need it.”

Using the PEE method, you can cover all you want to say in a structured and evidenced way that interviewer’s will appreciate. You won’t prattle on, you will answer the question in detail and you won’t give one word answers. 

If you would like to hear more about interview techniques and creating more opportunities for yourself, please free to contact Hannah on hquinn@venngroup.com

 
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