Over the years I’ve interviewed for a variety of jobs. In the early part of my career I was…well…not even close to qualified for some of them. But that didn’t stop me from getting hired.
What was the secret combination of magical spells I put on the hiring managers to give me a shot?
This first step may sound obvious, but sadly, I’ve seen this noticeably absent over and over again. Candidates come to interviews (even at middle and senior management levels) ill-prepared to grill me and my colleagues about the opportunity.
Conversely, I have always wanted to be the most prepared person in the interview process…particularly when I was the candidate. That’s right…I wanted to be far more prepared than those interviewing me.
Exhaustive reviews of company websites, Linkedin profiles, google searches of leaders, and detailed questions based on each person who would be interviewing me were mandatory.
Being timid is lame. Being soft is lame. Being meek inspires absolutely zero confidence. Sound hokey? I don’t care.
It’s true. I’m never going to hire someone to join my company if they are not confident in their initial presentation to me.
After all, I’m only asking them to talk about them self. If they can not do that, how are they going to thrive in any corporate culture?
How does one exude confidence? With lots of energy, that’s how. Work is more demanding than ever. The ability to keep up with the crazy pace we’re all expected to maintain requires lots of energy. If that doesn’t show in the interview, how in the world will a hiring leader have any confidence that it will mysteriously show up once you start the job?
How About You
What are your secrets to successful interviews? What would you add to my list?
I’d love to hear from you.