Interviewing is an art versus a science. There are no tricks. There are no gimmicks.
Mastering an interviewing comes down to pure communication. You have control over some of this communication but you’ll never have control over all the communication that occurs in an interview.
While you can prepare for an interviewer’s questions, you’ll never know exactly what will be asked of you in an interview.
What you have 100% control over is what you choose to say during your interview.
- You have control over how you choose to articulate your past stories of accomplishment, contribution and value delivered to previous employers.
- You have complete control over knowing how to articulate what it is that you bring to the table in terms of skills. Focus on skills that matter most to your interviewing audience.
- You have control over how you talk about past successes and past failures. You should use both successes and failures as opportunities for learning and growing. How you express what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown makes all the difference in an interview.
- You have control over the questions you ask in an interview. Ask questions about the company. Ask questions about the job itself. Ask the hiring manager to articulate his / her management style. Research shows that people leave bad manager relationships far more often than they leave because of larger company issues.
- Those who strategically take interviewing to the next level invest in learning their unique personal strengths. They know how to articulate what they have potential to be great at and they know how to articulate what they should say “NO” to based on how they are wired.
Those who approach interviews with extreme Clarity, Confidence and Direction are the ones who get offers for the best jobs.