Interviews can undoubtedly be daunting and intimidating, but they also present a thrilling sense of potential and promise. After all, one interview can change the course of your life. So, how do you bring your best self to an interview, regardless of which side of the table you find yourself on? Joining us today to share her keen insights on all things interviewing is Anna Papalia, CEO of Interviewology, and author of Interviewology: The New Science of Interviewing.

Anna has a deep and abiding passion for the interviewing process, and has spent the better part of her career studying, researching, and teaching the key tenets of interviewing. She has consulted with multiple Fortune 100 companies, coached over 10,000 clients on how to master interviews, and taught at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Anna is also a career influencer; with over 1.5 million followers on social media, she is using her platform to educate, inspire, and transform the lives of job seekers and hiring managers one post at a time.

We use today’s conversation with Anna to delve into the science of her Interviewology method, why conventional interviewing advice doesn’t work, and how deeper self-awareness can transform your approach to interviews. Learn about the four key interviewing styles and their variations, the critical do’s and don’ts of interviewing, the top mistakes that almost every hiring manager will make, and why practice is essential for becoming better at interviews.

Join us today to hear all of Anna’s remarkable insights on interviewing, and learn how you can show up as your best self, regardless of whether you’re applying for a job or searching for the perfect candidate.

Key Highlights From This Episode:

• Anna Papalia’s professional background; how she mastered the art of interviewing. [02:18]

• Why self-knowledge is a critical part of transforming how you interview. [11:02]

• The core principles of Anna’s thesis on interviewing, Interviewology. [13:09]

• An overview of the four interviewing styles and their variations. [22:03]

• Why we tend to hire people who are similar to us, the downsides of this, and why diversity is essential for creativity and innovation. [28:23]

• The role of self-knowledge and self-mastery in your journey of transformation. [31:42]

• Key Do’s and Don’ts for job seekers and hiring managers. [36:13]

• The one thing not to say in response to the question, “Why do you want to work here”. [39:31]

• A round of questions from Anna that uncovered Kathy’s interviewing style. [43:05]

• Anna’s parting message: why the real power comes from owning how you are. [45:16]

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“I never want anyone to feel like they have to pretend to be something they’re not to get the job or to do this thing. I want to encourage people to be more authentic in this process. That’s the whole thesis of my book.” — @AnnaPapalia [0:12:12]

“I think most people hire from a place of trying to find people that they’re comfortable with because they think it’s easier to manage someone who’s like them.” — @AnnaPapalia [0:28:38]

“If your goal in your company or department is to just keep the status quo and never rock the boat, [not] do anything creative or innovative, and [never] solve any problems, sure, go ahead and hire 10 more of you.” — @AnnaPapalia [0:30:01]

“I always tell hiring managers, ‘We don’t need another you. We have you.’” — @AnnaPapalia [0:30:14]

“Everyone gets better the more you practice. Truly. I have seen 1000s of clients. Everyone gets better, the more you do it.” — @AnnaPapalia [0:36:50]

“I want people to know that it’s okay to be themselves. I want people to know that the real power comes from owning who you are [and] never pretending to be something that you’re not.” — @AnnaPapalia [0:45:16]

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