Next time you go to a face to face interview, instead of sitting down and answering questions, you may want to consider try the "stand and delver" approach.
What is "stand and deliver" approach?
I never gave much thought to this since it is always customary to sit down for an interview rather than standing. During my last interview for software sales position I made a comment that there are lot of similarities between agile/lean and devops in software development and the kind of offense New England Patriots runs. (If you would like to know more about this, please read the blog I wrote titled, "CEOS, if you know football then you already know agile software development and devops."
The hiring manager was curious and wanted to know more so rather than just explaining while sitting down, I got up and grabbed a marker and explained it while illustrating it on the whiteboard. This went on for 15 minutes and she was quite impressed sine I explained something that she was selling in a different way that perhaps she could use when she is in a meeting with CEOs. After finishing, instead of taking my seat, I remained standing and fielded questions from two managers for the next hour.
This was an accident since I had not planned to do a “stand and deliver” interview but based on how I felt, I think this is something I would do it again and something you may want to consider for numerous reasons.
Makes you look different from others
How often does someone does this unless asked to give a presentation? Hardly ever. If you do this, you will look different from your competitors. When you are sitting down, you look obedient ans waiting to be told what an employer wants you to do. If this is what the employer is looking for then this may not be good idea, but do you want to work for a company where they value obedience more than taking initiative? Often when there are no real differences among candidates, this will certainly differentiate you.
Looks like you are in control
If you are standing you will feel like you are in control. As Ben Affleck character tells the new stock broker trainees in this scene from the movie “Boiler Room” that “motion creates emotion.” Though this is just a movie but it is always easier to be on offense when you are moving than sitting. Also, it will show that you are take charge type of a person and have leadership qualities that companies are looking for today to be successful.
Uses “full monty” communication
By this I mean it will allow you to communicate with your entire body rather than just words and hand gestures. It will allow you to be more effective in expressing yourself on how you feel. It is much easier for us to process things when we see things in motion than just through words which can easily be misunderstood. There is no miscommunication through body language.
Keeps you relaxed and confident
In the beginning you may feel little nervous, but once you start moving by practicing “stand and deliver” method, you will start to feel more relaxed. In an interview there is lot of nervousness one feels which is quite natural, but once you start moving, you will notice that your nervousness will start to disappear quickly and you will become more comfortable. Most important you will appear more confident since you are standing and the interviewers are sitting down. It is your show.
Demonstrates you are doing the job
Sitting may be fine for an interview, but you are really not here for an interview. You are here with an objective of getting a job, so you want to be showing what you look, sound and act like doing the job. You have to think about the future not the present. The future is a job; present is an interview. It is much easier and faster to watch a movie of a book than to read a book.
Shows your presentation (soft) skill
Before you go for an interview, prepare a 15 to 20 minute presentation where you can talk about some specific topic that is relevant to the company to show you understand their problem and have a plausible solution. This will better help you sell yourself as a person who knows how to get the job done and communicate it effectively. Companies want to hire someone who can communicate clearly about a specific subject and get the point across quickly. This will help elevate your profile among the people that are interviewing you. Take this as a challenge and give it your best shot, since you may not get another shot.
Before you actually try this at an interview, I recommend you practice this by recording yourself on YouTube to see how you come across and solicit feedback from people who you trust and will help you improve. You want to pay particular attention for any distracting motion, vocal variety and hand gestures when you are making your point. After several rehearsals you will be ready to "stand and deliver" at an interview and knock it out of the park with your interview performance. It is little scary when you do it for the first time, so use this motto to psych yourself: Go bold or go home!