HOW TO NAIL YOUR NEXT INTERVIEW
Something that I see quite a bit in my line of business is extraordinarily talented and capable professionals continually finishing 'second' when apply for higher roles. They have the experience, the skills, enthusiasm and the passion required for the role, they just can't seem to land the job. If this sounds familiar, I am here to help. There could be many external reasons why the job has not become yours eg. an internal candidate had been groomed for the role, the successful candidate had experience in an extremely specialised area. It may, however, be because you have not been able to articulate your value and worth to the team, the department and the organisation in a way that catapults you to the front of the pecking order - and holds you there. This could be due to lack of preparation, lack of confidence or communication skills or good old fashioned stage fright. If you have found yourself in this situation in the past, or would like to avoid it in the future, here are five tips to nailing the next interview....most of them you do before you even arrive.... 1. Research, Research and Research some more. The very first question I ask every candidate, and I'm not alone, is in three parts: a) What can you tell me about us? b) What can you tell me about the role? c) What inspired you to apply for the role? More than once, the candidate has disappointingly been unable to describe the organisation and/or the role. If you don't know what the organisation does or what the role entails, how do you know if you are the right fit? On the flip side, one candidate pulled out a folder and we could see she'd printed out every page of our website, made her own notes and had excellent questions for us about the organisation and department's future vision. 2. The Role and You Now that you know all there is to know about the company and the role, get clear on why it's a match for YOU. Create a brag document (remember, it's not bragging if it's true), outlining all your skills, strengths, gifts and successes. Highlight the ones that will serve you, the team and the organisation if you are the successful candidate. Do not be afraid to admit you are not already experienced in every aspect of the role. Why would you be applying for a role that you already have, or have done before? Be ready to explain where you are excited to be challenged, learn, grow and expand. 3. Be Aware of Your Surroundings (before you enter the interview). If the interview is a physical interview, ensure you know where the building is located, how to enter and the time it may take to find reception and/or the pre-arranged meeting place ie. high rise buildings may have security before reception. Be aware of everyone you interact with on the way to the interview. That person you spill coffee on in the cafe next door (due to nerves) may very well be your interviewer. The receptionist you're dismissive to may report your behaviour back to the interview panel pretty quickly. If the interview is online via meeting software, ensure that software is downloaded onto your computer or tablet and test it earlier in the day if possible. Ensure your headset, mic and speakers are in working order. 3. First Impressions Count Dress aligned with the organisation and role. Check their website to get a sense of their dress code, if you are unsure. Make eye-contact, shake hands (if applicable), smile. Be ready for any small talk the panel may begin with. If online, check your background is clean, tidy and professional. 4. Know your CV/Resume Backwards It may be a while since you looked at your resume, or a professional resume writer may have prepared it for you. If this is you, please, I implore you, know what's on it. Answering with "Oh, may I take a look at that?" when you're asked about something on your resume creates mistrust, suspicion and is just plain awkward. True story. 5. Get Your Head in the Game If you don't feel worthy for the role.....if you feel like an fraud or an impostor.....if self-doubt creeps in and renders you speechless.....if a lack of confidence causes a physical reaction......if a voice is whispering you're not 'good/experienced/qualified/smart enough'......if you hear an old school teacher's statement that you'll never amount to anything.....you may be self-sabotaging your efforts and thus your career. It may be time to invest in yourself. You are your biggest investment, after all. Imagine being able to move through your career with unwavering confidence, nail any interview you step into, clearly articulate your worth (even though you won't have to - your performance will speak for itself) and say sayonara to self-doubt. Can you feel it? Does it feel like freedom? 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