In my practice as a motivational coach, I am often called upon to prepare individuals for interviews with one interviewer or a panel of interviewers. I want to share some of my secrets that have resulted in many of my clients being successful getting jobs that were a stretch for them and that they were less qualified for than other candidates.
Secret #1 – Remember It’s Not About You
How many times have you walked into an interview with an individual or panel of individuals and focused on yourself? An interview is a sales pitch. It’s up to you to sell the interviewer(s) on why you are the best candidate for the job. There are two important things that you must do to prepare for a successful interview. First, shift your perspective from the interview being all about you to being all about the interviewer(s). Second, find out everything you can about the role, the interviewer(s) and the organization.
Secret #2 – Do This and Gain an Advantage Over the Competition
Most interviewers often have only enough time to scan rather than read your resume. Give them all of the the information that they need to know about you on one page – the SIMPLY THE BEST page. It describes what makes you the BEST candidate for the job, lists the five-seven BEST accomplishments in your career and provides three of your BEST ideas of how you would contribute to the organization. Put a copy of your SIMPLY THE BEST page with your resume in a folder that reflects the colour the organization uses in its logo or name. Prepare a few extra folders and bring them to the interview in case the interviewer(s) wants to distribute them to other individuals in the organization. If you do all of this, you gain an significant advantage over the competition.
Secret #3 – Make a Memorable First Impression
When you walk into the interview room, give your folder to the interviewer(s) before you sit down in front of them. Allow the interviewer(s) to review its contents before you begin the interview. You have made a memorable first impression in four ways:
– by connecting with the interviewer(s) and making it all about them not you;
– by giving them one page that they can refer to both during and after the interview;
– by showing them that you have done that little bit extra to prepare for the interview;
– by demonstrating that you want to always exceed your client/customer’s expectations.
Send me an e-mail and tell me if these secrets worked for you in being successful in the interview and in ultimately being the candidate chosen for the job.