I’m hoping to become a better interviewer of creative talent in 2021. Can you tell me a bit about the best interviews you had (regardless if you got the job) and what the <standard> bad interview is to you? Thank you in advance! 😁

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Best interviews I’ve had were moderately guided by the interviewer. As an interviewee, I really don’t like feeling at a loss for words or like I’m floundering to figure out what you’re looking for. Sure there’s an element of the interviewee needs to be able to show up and just go with the flow and not get flustered but that interview environment (and getting flustered in it) isn’t necessarily indicative of how someone might behave/respond in a meeting (internal or client). If you’ve looked at my book and want to look over specific pieces, say that instead of letting me just poke around my favorite pieces or trying to choose pieces I think you are interested in. “Tell me about yourself” is also a question that I don’t think is very productive in that wording. What do you want to know? Do you want to know my educational background or my experience at uni? Do you want to know if I have side gigs/hobbies? Do you want to know how I work and what my process is like? These are all different questions but they can all stem from that one vague question. Be specific when you’re digging for certain things. Is it really to your advantage to hide the fact you want to know more about a specific facet of me? Probably not unless you’re trying to tease out something that maybe isn’t HR appropriate 🤷‍♀️ Idk if this is helpful and it’s sure as hell not representative of all interviewees, just my personal pov

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Thank you! I believe I’m applying a lot of your advice, but I confess to using the “Tell me about yourself” line as an opener before asking for specific background info. I’ll work that out of my conversations and go straight to the topics I’m interested in discussing.

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Unless you’re really looking for someone who can present well under pressure, I think it’s in your best interest to try to put the applicant at ease and skip any questions that are designed to trip them up. My best interviews have always happened when the conversation was natural and it felt slightly less formal than a typical interview.

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Aww. You two should team up. 🥰

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Best question I've been asked is, "what's an emerging trend that is going on in a hobby or interest of yours? How do you think it'll affect it in the future?" I thought it was a great way for me to show some of my personality and how I think.

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That’s a good one! Thank you!

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