If your delivery is too polished, it comes across as inauthentic, overly rehearsed, and not a true reflection of the candidate.
This won’t create the right impression.
That doesn’t mean a prodigious amount of practice is not required.
Stick to ‘frameworks’ versus a script. Memorizing answers to the tee is never a good idea for many reasons:
- Nerves and the potential stress of the interview can distract the candidate from their ‘script’.
- The questions asked will be slightly different from those you prepared for, using your framework and stories will be far more useful.
- Most of us are poor actors, scripts don’t work for us.
- Candidates will focus more on the delivery of lines versus making an overall impression and creating a rapport.
This sample framework is all I need to remember or have in front of me (on a cue card) when practicing for the infamous ‘Tell me about yourself question‘. As long as i remember these points, the story is created around it.
Sample framework – Tell me about yourself?
Construction 20 years professionally, Construction since I was 8.
Moved from construction into Oil and Gas
Ireland, Australia, Canada.
Education – MSc, Llm
Perfection is not required, nor will it create the best impression. Tell interesting stories, speak to your education and experience, be likable, and have the right attitude.