Seven Unconventional Interview Strategies and Tips

We Are Trades collected the most functional non-traditional tips to assist you in your next interview. Thank us later.


You can find tons of articles on what to do, and what not to in a job interview. But to be honest we all know the basics: we know you must arrive 15 minutes earlier, we definitely know that dressing accordingly is crucial in order to make a good impression, and of course, you will never use your phone during the interview… right?

If you checked off those tips, then what you need is a closer look at what you could do better. This article will give you a concise list of all the non-traditional advice/strategies to use while you are out there selling your talents and skills.

  1. Social Media Make or Break 

Watch out for those postings. You can never know if your possible future employer will research your social media  or not.  Just put yourself in an employers shoes.  If you were considering a candidate for a role you would call the references they provided but at the same time you would search up their name in LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter profiles and consider their posts before making a decision. It’s better to keep your personal social media profiles as private as possible and work on your LinkedIn profile as a reflection of the candidate you’re potential employer would be proud to hire.

Now we know You put a lot of effort on looking neat and spiffy so you want that interview-outfit-selfie on photo for Facebook or Instagram. We get it. Really. However, social media is unpredictable. Don’t risk the outcome of your interview or getting your new job because of it. Put the phone away and get into the right frame of mind for your interview.


  1. The art of active listening

No, this is not obvious. There are different forms of listening. Active listening means to pay attention and understand what the other person is and what they are not saying. Focus and answer to the questions only.

For effective communication skills, there are some strategies you could follow. For instance, “the silent treatment” is about not cutting off a statement or question. Don’t be in such a hurry to respond. Let the interviewer finish his/her point. Second, what is worse than asking for clarification? It’s giving a non-sense answer. Don’t be afraid of double checking to make sure you understood the question properly.

Finally, the observation method. Joining a group, and learning from others has helped many. As a personal recommendation, you could Google Toastmaster International, a speaking and leadership organization. I been an active member for more than a year, and trust me in this: you are not the only one fighting to learn the art of expressing yourself in an interview.


  1. Control your ego

“Opportunities are often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be listening,”

– unknown author.

Sometimes nervousness or ego can make us talk too much and we understand, so be careful  because you may appear arrogant or dominant. According to Career Builder, 53 per cent of hiring managers would rather hear about specific examples on how your accomplishments and your persona will help the organization.

You might have a great resume to show off, but there are ways of expressing your capabilities without bragging too much about yourself. Let say you came up with a strategy to exponentialy  increase the  number of company sales . Let them know the details, but don’t forget to give the credits to your team. Because that is what a company is about: team work.  Giving yourself credit won’t make you look cocky or make it seem as if you’re putting others down, it just means that you are a team  team member which is whom employers are seeking to hire.


  1. The C.A.R. technique

Be concrete. A terrific way is using the C.A.R principle that stands for the three components to help you place your skills based on a previous experience: challenge, action and result.

Select a challenge to talk about: difficulties you faced and how can you relate it to the new potential position. Describe your action: what did you do to rectify the problem? Be sure to be clear about your goals when you undertook the action as we discussed in tip number three. Finally, explain what you achieved, and quantify your results if possible.

If you find key details, an explanation of your experience should not be any longer than five to six sentences that help your employer quickly understand at the same time making you look knowledgeable experienced.


  1. Your body speaks for you

A perfect response and a stunning resume won’t matter if you can’t stop playing with a pen, brushing back your hair, or chewing gum – please, don’t. Once I went to an interview and there was no meeting room available, so we walked through all the offices looking for a space. This was a perfect opportunity to show a positive attitude, smile, make eye contact and show my ability to adapt to different environments and still perform under pressure.

If you find yourself in an awkward interview, try turning the tables by asking to be shown around the office or be given a tour of the company’s facility.  You will be much more relaxed by partaking in a casual conversation and will show the hiring employer that you are interested in the position.  Above all, a one on one will also give you an opportunity to build a relationship before you leave.

Remember, body language is just unspoken words. Walk with your head up, shoulders back, and smile. Your appearance will be of a happy and confident potential candidate.


  1. Yes, ask questions.

We assume you did your due diligence on researching about the company, and the role you are applying for. Come up with pertinent questions that show you are interested in knowing how to perform the job successfully.

For instance: What are your expectations for this role during (a certain period)? or what are the biggest opportunities facing the company/department now?


  1. They expect YOU to call back

Send a thank–you note or email them emphasizing couple of your assets that will perfectly match their needs. Follow up. Send an email. Who knows if they are waiting for you to show interest?

Sample Job Interview Follow up Email:

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

It was a pleasure meeting you the other day and discussing the [teaching assistant] position at [ABC Middle School]. I really appreciate the time you took interviewing me for the position.

I enjoyed meeting everyone on the sixth-grade team, and getting to ask them questions about the teaching assistant position. The more I spoke with you and the team, the more I was convinced that my teaching experience and my passion for small-classroom learning make me a strong candidate for this position.

I look forward to hearing from you next week regarding your final decision. Feel free to reach out to me beforehand with any questions or concerns. Again, my phone number is 555-555-5555.

Thank you again for your time and consideration.

Best regards,

John Smith


The information above was compiled from marketing management, professional builders, and job seeker websites.