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Preparing for Showtime: Job Interviews


February 11, 2020

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Most traditional career coaches teach you to prepare The usual way: Do some research on your resume, do company research, and review job descriptions. But I want to guide my clients to speak story in a way that demonstrates expertise in their subject.

When a person is looking for a new home, they want unique amenities, equipment and community spaces that other homes don’t have. When you show up at a job interview, your goal is to showcase what’s unique and special about you. You want to step outside to leave a memorable impression and to the jury it feels like you’ve killed the interview.

“Screening time” in the job interview must be that you talk about like a movie. Get to know the panel with your education, experience and expertise in a way that allows them to understand you as a person, not just an expert. If you have a special offer or skill set, describe your experience in the same way that you would describe a great movie you just watched.

When you sell yourself in job interviews, sell your career experience through storytelling. Use this “Job Interview Preparation Checklist” to make the best impression:

  • Know your personal brand story deeply and be able to express it fluently in front of a panel of interviews. They want to know who you are, where you studied, where you worked and where you will go in the future.
  • Understand the methodologies and technologies listed in the job ad. Become comfortable with analyzing industry processes and life cycles and backing that up by deploying technology.
  • Describe how you can add value to your company based on its services and mission. When a company offers a service and you have that expertise, explain how your experience, education, and expertise can help lead the company to growth.
  • Make sure your personality is reflected in your responses and questions to the board. When you show your personal side, you feel the company culture and they get to know you as well.

As you prepare for the showtime, practice with the people who can give you the best feedback. You should practice with a good friend, spouse, mentor, career coach, former manager or colleague (if you are still on good terms). Choose someone that will give you honest, rude feedback. I practice my interviewing skills with my husband all the time because he is critical of my answers, my technology knowledge, and the way I present his questions to the committee. Start preparing for a job interview 72 hours in advance so the information will stay on your mind.

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Don’t bomb your job interview

One of the biggest fears most professionals have is performing poorly in a job interview. It’s not like when a home has been on the market for a very long time: The owner is starting to feel like their favorite home is a bad asset. It is the same for us as professionals. But there are good reasons you might skip a job interview. Some of the most common interview mistakes include not dressing your employees properly, having a limited understanding of the company due to your lack of research, being late, forgetting to bring a resume and not asking any questions. any company.

Of course, you can be late without your fault: Maybe a car crash causes a sudden, massive flow of traffic. Life goes on, but it’s very important to announce your ability to be late before you are truly late. Call or email the contact to let them know the situation and see if you need to reschedule or if they still want you to come for an interview. Similarly, in this digital age, having a resume isn’t always necessary, but it’s better to be more prepared than not, so bring your resume. to your job interview.

When it comes to outfits for the interview, always try to dress up with the company culture and add some personality. Don’t go overboard, because you want them to focus on your performance, not what you’re wearing. If you don’t do the proper research, you may be dressed incorrectly. For example, if you wear a suit go to an interview now Rolling Stone magazines, it is clear that you did not study the company, because they do not have conservative culture.

The interview team will say very clearly if you do not know anything about the company. Most of the time, the interview panel will give you a brief introduction to the organization, but they want to gauge your level of interest in the company based on what you can tell them about their mission. their products and services. So let’s dive deeper into your research. Keeping up with new company business announcements, blog posts or clients will help you grow your list of questions for the interview panel. Try to ask questions that give the “great” element to the conversation.

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Most professionals will ask standard questions about their roles, company culture and career development. But you want to ask questions about where you can add value or where they are trying to go in the future. These may include:

  • Technical questions about its role and responsibilities
  • General questions about company culture, development, diversity or work-life balance
  • A question about the staggering element of a current event or business announcement related to a company’s future

Has the company recently heard of an innovation? Ask about it! Today, most companies are looking for creative professionals who can add value. When entering the interview, think through your concerns about the company as you discuss your concerns. The job interview is an opportunity to win the council with your business knowledge and ideas. So think about the kind of employee the company wants to represent their brand, then sell themselves as a fan or advocate of the corporate brand.

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