improve your chances at interviews

An art in which almost all the performance is unscripted and dialogue is spontaneous

 
STEP INTO THEIR WORLD
 
The focus is not about you - it's about building the scene. In improv, this rule is called step into their world. It's meant to get you to focus on other people and the setting rather than making you the centre of attention.
 
In an interview, you're also in a new scene that's larger than yourself. Even if it feels like you're the centre of attention, remember you're there to show how you fit into the whole picture. What role can you play How can you contribute to a part of the scene
 
LISTEN WELL
 
It may seem like a good idea to have some clever one-liners ready for your moment on stage.
 
But a prefabricated set of lines is the kiss of death for an improv scene. Instead, a performer must truly listen to his partners, understand what they're trying to convey, and respond appropriately.
 
In your interview, pay attention to the questions being asked. Do not cut the person off or answer without fully grasping his question. Listen actively with your facial expression turned on. Not only will this help you, it also shows that you're fully engaged.
 
SAY YES VERBALLY, PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY
 
Another improv rule is saying: Yes, and…. That is, give examples and keep the momentum going after answering a question. Make your yes visible in your body language, attitude and words.
 
All things being equal, the candidate who demonstrates that he or she is passionate about a role will usually be hired.
 
Set yourself apart by saying what you admire about the company and why you want to work there. But don't be phony: Ask yourself why you are applying, beyond the salary and benefits. Be sure about your reasons and your answers will reflect that conviction.
 
BE READY FOR THE GOTCHA QUESTION
 
It is Why should we hire you over others.
 
Avoid overselling yourself in relation to the rest. You don't know what they bring to the table and saying that you are superior only makes you come off looking arrogant.
 
Rather emphasise not just your skills but how you want to use them to meet the goals of the organisation.
 
Tell a personal story - rather than repeat bullet points from your resume, tell a story that demonstrates how your education, evolution and journey intersects with the job.
 
Others may have similar skills, but your story belongs only to you.