To me an interview is a game.  You start off with 100 points and you lose points.  The objective is to get 80 or more
 
You lose five points for wearing an inappropriate tie.  You lose 10 points for not being prepared.  You lose another five points if you don't have a great example of how you deal with conflict.
 
In an interview it's key to have great stories that show what you have done.  Then the trick is to connect the dots.  Explain how your experience works for the recruiter or employer. 
 
Most people can talk about their experience but rarely do a great job of showing the benefits of what they bring to the table.
 
One of the most common questions is "Tell me about yourself".  The answer is not to tell the interviewer about yourself but to say why you will make their life easier.  They want to know how you are going to do the job, if you are going to get on with other people and will not cause any problems.
Score ten for doing that and minus ten for telling your whole life story!

Make your interview a game and you can be extraordinary.

Author's Bio: 

David Couper is a career coach and writer who for the last twenty years has worked in Europe, Asia, and in the USA with major organizations including the BBC, Fuji Television, Mattel, Sony, and Warner Bros.

He has successfully coached individuals at all levels including CEOs of major companies wanting a new challenge, frustrated souls wanting to make their dream come true, and front-line employees laid off and desperate to get a job.

David has published seven books. His works on interpersonal skills, counseling in the workplace, and management issues (published by Connaught, Gower, HRD Press, Longman, Macmillan/Pearson Publishing, Oxford University Press) have been translated into Swedish, Polish, and Danish, and published in the UK and the USA.

David has a degree in Communication, a postgraduate qualification in education, is certified in a number of training technologies, and has a Masters in Psychology. He is a member of the American Society of Training and Development, Society of Human Resources Professional, Writers Guild and the British Academy of Film and Television.

He has dual US/UK citizenship and speaks French and Japanese.

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