8.26.2005

TIP: What The ancient Greeks know about interviewing

The ancient Greeks taught that all conversation involved three ingredients: Ethos, or the character of the speaker; Pathos, connecting with the emotions; Logos, the words used, the factual content of a message. It refers to the argument that you present on behalf of your point of view.

An good interview involves three similar ingredients: establishing rapport (ie. chemistry) with the interviewer, probing for the problems the interviewer have, and presenting the skills in stories tailored for the identified problems.

These are the ethos, the pathos and the logos of interviewing. Although we know that the facts themselves, however important, are not as powerful or as influential as the emotions are.

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