A Universal Technique For Answering Interview Questions (Part 2)

In this two-part series, we look into a universal job interview technique that can be employed to all different types of interview questions.

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Yinso:
That everybody needs to be able to work well together, communicate together, so that way things can get resolved together. So, this is the reason why the communication skills is a very important part of any sort of business professional skills. And is it is something that they immediately look for as soon as you’re in that interview, and how do they look for it? How do you demonstrate that you have that communication skill is not just demonstrated by answering questions. When you answer a question, all you do is that you’re showing that you know how to put… Possibly do the work where you might know how to tell a person that by yourself, that’s all there is to it. But to know whether or not, that someone… That whether or not you are that someone that can work with them, they need to demonstrate collaboration.

Either think about interviews as basically working on problems together, that when they ask you a question, they’re not only looking for whether or not that you know the answer to these questions, but they’re also looking for, are you someone that they want to work with? Are you someone that they can work with? And so this is where, this is why paraphrasing, and there will actually be a bunch of other techniques that’s really, to this point, collaboration. How do you demonstrate collaboration along the way in your interviews? And when you can demonstrate that, then you are going to score higher in the interviewer’s mind than someone who has, who’s able to answer questions to the same level, but did not demonstrate the collaboration aspect of the interview.

So, paraphrasing work, because paraphrasing is one way for you to collaborate with the other person. You know, you’re focusing, trying to make sure that, Oh, I’m not just here to demonstrate to you how smart I am, but also to see if I want to work with you to make sure that I understand what you’re talking about. Right? So, so there will be other techniques that we’ll talk about in the future. That also falls under the same line for, emphasis on collaboration. But that’s why that paraphrasing works.

Mikhail:
Yeah. I was. Let me just bring slightly different perspective to this question. Even though I think these are related to the question, but I was thinking that for, let’s say I’m a developer. If I’m looking for overseas jobs and the job was actually the foreign company. So obviously there is a huge gap between me and that job, so I can’t just go there and just talk to them immediately. I can’t just schedule an appointment to talk to them because it’s a different country. I have to go there. I have to travel. There are some work visa situations and so on. So I’m just thinking that one strategy for me to get a job or maybe not specific job, but just any job in a foreign country would be to actually be visible to them or somehow like show what I can do to many different people.

Not necessarily my employers, but maybe if someone in that country knows what I can do. So, we have a friend who might be hiring a person like myself. And then in that case, it might work out very, very well. And even, even if they don’t advertise a position at the moment, they might still offer you something like list, they might still keep you on the list. And my question is like, what would you suggest to that person to do? Like, how can they become visible? How can they build that network? Even they are outside of the actual work environment. They cannot travel right now. But, maybe they can use some social media. Maybe they can use some other communities. What would be the best strategy for these people to be visible and find more connections and network with others?

Yinso:
Well, I mean obviously I know we’re talking about very specific type of a job like for developers, and developers, if one advantage is that they can collaborate remotely, right? So, if you want to be visible, then as a developer, you have a huge chance of becoming visible by not even having to sit in a different country at all. All you had to do is you go online, you find the projects. And these days, a lot of the companies have open source projects. They have projects that they’re involved in and maybe not necessarily even directly potentially it can be through their nonprofit arms, right? Where you can participate. You can try to contribute. You can try to basically work with people that are working on these projects. And that is one way for you to make your impact fill very quickly, very early.

If you want to build your network, you feel happy with network across country boundaries is developers are in a prime position to do that. Because most of the other type of jobs don’t necessarily have this particular luxury, for many other jobs, basically trying to get hired across the national border. It’s a very difficult proposition in the first place. And… But if you want to build that relationship, you [inaudible] that people know about you ahead of time. Then as a developer, take advantage of the projects that’s out there open, make sure that the, you participate in communities, make sure you participate in some sort of a joint project, but also just even blog about your experiences of learning.

So that way your recruiters, your potential employers will have a body of work from you that they can look at their own time. And they can say, Oh, it’s this person sounds like this person knows what he’s talking about. Has he produced good work? Is he capable of explaining himself in a way that I would like to work with. Right? So, definitely developers are in a very unique position in this regard, this is only for certain other positions that this would be applicable.

Mikhail:
Yeah, that’s true. And I think, I think things like blogs, or even, I would say YouTube channel or video blog would be like, in my personal opinion, it’s a must for a person who is actively searching for overseas jobs or projects or even remote projects that they can do in their own country for with overseas people. Whether it’s not for profits or non-profits, it doesn’t matter. But I think we have to be visible because very often they are capable of doing stuff. They would love to participate in projects, but whenever you ask them, so why don’t you have a local YouTube channel? They say, but I don’t have enough time and, or my English is not good enough. So of course we need to communicate and then go as well. I mean, that’s how you, that’s how your English becomes good, that’s how you practice.

Yinso:
Yeah. I mean, obviously that the… I mean, I don’t necessarily blame them because obviously that it’s tough to… When you feel like your English skill is not to par that you will be concerned about how people will look at you. But I mean, I think is that just they just put this away. There might be possibility of anybody to become a international blogging star, but you know, chances are most blogs are going to be read by very few people.

So, it’s like your initial videos where you haven’t been able to… You having doing much worse is not, it’s going to be looked at by maybe a couple people and they’re not going to say anything, but the more times that you have a chance to practice, the better you write, the better you record yourself and talk in English, then eventually he might show it up in someone else’s radar, but you know, it’s practice makes it potential to get better. And then persistence will give you that result. Right? So definitely, people scout let go of their inhibitions, yet, not be shy, don’t be shy. And don’t worry about what people will say about you, because if you keep up at it, eventually you will get good at it, basically.

Mikhail:
Yeah. And I think especially for software developers, that would be well, especially relevant because I think the nature of the field, like talking to each other and discuss projects and discuss out of box and how to fix them. And it would be a lot easier for them to actually connect to other people and talk about things of mutual interest compared to maybe people in other jobs where like maybe they have a completely different set of rules in different countries and they’re not necessarily understanding, or they might not be even interested in learning how things work in other countries. So, I think there is a lot of potential for software developers to communicate more often and improve their skills as they communicate.

Yinso:
Okay. Awesome.

Mikhail:
Yep.

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