Most often, we never know exactly why that coveted job we’re so right for doesn’t work out. The intuitive sense of disconnection you felt after the interview may or may account for not winning the role. (the Collective Hub)
However, if you’re looking to for a few different techniques to add to your performance, consider these 3 strategies.
#1 Put yourself in their shoes
Focus on what you think they would want to know about you – not what you want them to know.
When you’re focused on selling yourself as the absolute best person for the job, it’s easy to overlook some key points of interest from an interviewer’s perspective.
Put yourself in the shoes of someone with a complex, crowded working day that includes interviewing multiple people, trying to find someone that will be the ‘right fit’. You can picture them, locked away in a room, asking the same series of questions over and over again. Make their job easier – make yourself stand out from the crowd by giving them an informed response that answers their needs first.
#2 Steer the conversation to the future
Behavioural interviewing is still the baseline for recruitment. This means you’re most likely going to be asked about your past achievement, why you want to leave your current role and what interested you in the current position.
These types of questions can tell a recruiter or employer a lot about who you are. Be prepared so you can demonstrate that you are the amazingly accomplished person you described in your resume. You can then try to steer the conversation into what you would like to achieve in the role and why you think your experience will allow you to provide exceptional value to the organisation.
#3 Cultural fit is everything
Researching a company thoroughly is paramount to getting an inside look at what’s important to the business and its staff. Use sources like LinkedIn and other social sites to deep dive into press releases, staff profiles, events. Try to talk to someone who works with, or for, the company or someone who uses their products and services.
Showing you fit the company’s culture can be more important than your experience or qualifications.
If you’re looking for more tips and advice on how to prepare for an interview read our interview survival guide.