It’s Sunday morning. I’m sweaty after an hour of yoga, and I notice another yogi is hanging back, waiting to talk with me…
They have a BIG job interview in the upcoming week and wanted some thoughts on how they should approach it.
I begin the conversation by saying that you and the interviewer have the same aim - to be the right person for the job.
When interviewing people, I often find they ramble, and I have to hunt for data points.
Here are some tips on how to prepare for an interview, and edge closer to that job you want:
Share the relevant experience from each of your previous roles. You can do this by reading the Job Description (JD) and matching what you were responsible for in previous roles. You may need to nuance the language in your CV to match the JD, but avoid making stuff up!
How did your responsibilities lead to value? Structure your response in three succinct stages:
This was the situation
This is what I specifically did
This is what was achieved
Endeavour to qualify the achievement with metrics, ideally financial.
A couple of my favourite questions are:
Tell me three words your greatest fan would use to describe you? And provide me with an example of why?
Inversely, tell me three words that a harsh critic would you use to describe you? Also be prepared to offer examples of the words chosen.
Many companies are finalising their budgets for the new fiscal year and are expected to add more roles. There will be some great opportunities for those prepared!
Feel free to share this with somebody who may benefit.