How Did I Crack an Interview With the 30-Seconds Rule?

A priceless feeling after a successful interview creates an unforgettable moment.

How do you feel when an interview schedules?

What’s your mental state just 5 minutes before the interview time?

The heartbeats go up, and you began to shiver. Do these feeling relevant to you? If yes, you are in the right place.

In this post, I am going to reveal a captivating technique to crack an interview in just 30 seconds. By applying this technique, you will be more confident, energetic and take control over the interview.

On a sunny Monday morning, my LinkedIn notification pops up. A recruiter was looking for a skill in the market. He found my profile matching with the required roles and responsibilities. Fortunately, I was looking for a job change at the moment. I had a look at the requirements and asked him to process my profile for the applied position.

The recruiter scheduled my interview on Friday afternoon over Microsoft Teams. I was quite confident in my technical skills, so I focused more on communication and creating an impression which leads to a comfortable conversation. This time, I wanted to conquer the interview based on my communication skills.

I get bored of explaining my qualifications to touch all the possible points which could make a good impression on the interviewer.

This time I applied my secret formula and cracked the interview.

I started my research on the impactful bio for interviews. It began with the reading of plenty of blog posts and success stories. I created a link between the articles I read. The connection pushed me towards the neuroscience, the field of study. A neuroscientist, Andrew Newberg and author, Mark Robert Waldman have explained the impact of communication on the brain. The author also describes how a leader uses the 30-seconds rule to motivate his co-workers and achieve a higher satisfaction rate in the organization. The 30-second rule is also well described by the authors in other fields of study, such as relationship for a successful romantic date.

What is 30-seconds rule?

You spend the entire day at the workplace and communicates with people on a variety of topics. Some conversations are short, and a few are long. Do you remember the whole workplace log? Surely, Not. Our brain process a tremendous amount of information in long term memory but when it comes to taking a task, the brain relates to that information which is relevant to the task and store it to the working memory.

The working memory is short-lived memory which stores a piece of information and can hold only for thirty seconds or less. If too much information flows, the brain omits unnecessary information.

I transformed the 30-second rule and implemented to a job interview and achieve success to get the job.

Thirty seconds seem to be a small amount of time to showcase your talent, but according to neuroscience studies, this is the time when your words make a genuine impact on the listener’s mind.

The question arises, how much information is enough to complete your bio?

Before leading to the 30-seconds rule on the interview, let's talk about the prerequisites. The necessities help the brain to imply the rule easily. The prerequisites are:

Relax Mind

When an interview schedules, your mind questions to your ability and start producing the negative thought which causes distraction. The fear takes over the control and does not allow you to stay relax. The research describes a powerful technique to stay your mind relax immediately.

It is a three-step basic process to keep your mind alert —

  1. Sit on a comfortable chair and take deep breaths for 10 seconds.
  2. Stretch your hands for ten seconds
  3. Move your head around and leave the body light.

How do you feel now? Relaxed. Now you are ready to attend the interview.

Stay Present

The interview fear creates a distraction and does not allow your brain to focus. It creates a lost expression on the face which inversely make a negative impact on the interviewer. Staying present in the moment shows confidence and the positive touch to the communication. You will be more involved in the conversation. A renowned author Eckhart Tolle describes a little exercise to experience the present moment.

Close your wrist tightly for 30 seconds, and when you feel a little stiffness, open the fist slowly and focus on every sensation in your finger until it is fully open.

Did you stay focus on the moment? Yes, it feels refreshing and omits the negativity.

Finally, the wait ends here. You are now ready to implement the 30-second rule to crack the interview.

The above exercises are the support system for the 30-seconds rule.

Applying the 30-seconds rule to crack an interview

I have implemented the 30-seconds rule to get success in a job interview. For the effective impact of this rule, you need to focus on the 3 areas:

Speak briefly but for 30 seconds or less.

According to the neuroscientist, you should speak briefly and present all your qualifications. Briefly speaking is the key to 30-seconds rule.

To get success in the 30-seconds rule, your first step is to note down the most important points from your resume and the job role. Write top 10 points which you think is most selected for the job role, later arrange an order of priority. The highest priority goes up, and the moderate one goes down.

Now, you need to complete 5–6 simple sentences explaining your qualification and work experiences.

Example: I have taken an example of Marketing Manager Job role and responsibilities and explain the 30-second rule in the context.

An example of a Marketing Manager job role

If an interviewer asks you to tell me about yourself/ introduce yourself, the 30-seconds rule goes something like this. I am considering a virtual name, John, as an interview candidate.

Hi, my name is John. I possesses 4 years of marketing experience with strong communication and interpersonal skills. I am expert in relationship management and believes in long term business partnership. SEO, social media marketing and marketing plans implementation are my core competencies. I can drive business to the latest trends and experienced in managing diverse agencies and clients.

The above-explained short and sweet bio demonstrated the capabilities and competencies of John. This bio impacts the most on the interviewer’s brain because the interviewer can easily process this tiny information in his working memory.

The secret has not ended here. To give a complete flavour to 30-seconds rule, you need to add a couple of additional ingredients to the formula.

Pause while speaking long.

A few seconds pause between the phrases increases the listener’s comprehension. When you use technical or unfamiliar words in your bio, the interviewer’s brain takes time to process and link the information. If you increase the rate of speech, the interviewer skips the highlighted word and will conclude you into a short and meaningless conversation.

The best remedy to achieve this is that you speak briefly and take pause, leaving a few seconds of silence at the end of each sentence. According to the research, a slower rate of speech generates curiosity in the listener’s mind.

Wait for an affirmation.

Speak briefly, and pauses make your communication clear and crisp, but how do you figure out, is it understandable by the listener? The answer is the affirmation signal. Whether you are on face to face interview or online, the nod or hmm is the positive signal to go ahead and finish the bio.

You should maintain eye contact and read the facial expression to understand better the interviewer. If you speak vaguely without reading the affirmation signal, the conversation might turn into meanless, and you could not understand your impression on the interviewer.

Concluding the 30-seconds rule

Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg applied the 30-seconds rule to relationship building, on the workplace and with the kids to communicate better. The 30-seconds rule required practice for at least 4 weeks to get master of it because changing the habit of communication like reducing the rate of speech, making pause after the statement can not adapt easily. Your mind needs a constant focus while practising this formula. To summarize the 30-seconds rule on the job interview—

  • Stay Relax
  • Be present and avoid distractions.
  • Speak briefly
  • Pause after the sentence for better delivery of the speech.
  • Read the affirmation signal like a nod or hmm.

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