Acing An Interview
"Ace Your Interview with Perfect Interview Answers"
This was the subject of an email that recently landed in my Inbox. This kind of email subject drives me crazy. Here's why.
- There are no tricks to acing an interview.
- There are no perfect interview answers.
My Advice For Performing Well In An Interview
- Communicate with clarity about what you're great at and what you're not great at.
- Know how to articulate what you're great at by backing up what you say you're great at with stories of past accomplishments and contributions and well-articulated aspirations of what you want to accomplish in your future.
- We're all not great at something. Know exactly what you're not great at and know how to articulate what you're doing to manage your weaknesses.
- Honesty and accuracy is always your best strategy.
- If you're younger and you're chasing a job that is above you, know your unique personal strengths and know how to tie your strengths to the job you're stretching towards.
- If you're older, know your unique personal strengths. Know how to tie your unique personal strengths and hopefully the wisdom you now have to the job you can easily contribute to.
- Be sure to show up to your interview with questions. Questions should not be one-dimensional. Ask technical questions, business questions, questions about the hiring authority's management style and more.
Knowing yourself inside and out and knowing something about the company you're about to interview with is your responsibility when you go to an interview. Being prepared to ask strong questions is your responsibility when you go to an interview.
If you don't know your unique personal strengths, consider strengths coaching. Knowing your unique personal strengths will go a long way towards bringing clarity to your interview process.
If interviewing is uncomfortable to you, don't risk leaving a job offer on the table. If you need interview coaching, invest in yourself and get interview coaching.