By Mike Simpson - Job Interview Expert & Coach
If you’re reading this article right now, you might be feeling a little like I used to just 6 short years ago (although I’d be surprised if you were as colossal a disaster as I was!)
Now that I look back, I realize I was totally clueless in terms of proper job interview preparation...
I would basically scour the internet for as many interview questions I could find, try and memorize them along with some answers to go with them, go into the interview room FEELING prepared – and then walking out of the interview room with...
And the worst part was, I never really had a clue as to what went wrong!
It wasn’t until I discovered this 3-step method that the momentum began to radically swing in my favor and I became “bulletproof” in the interview room and started getting offer after offer...(You'll see, this thing is POWERFUL!)
Before we get into the details of this 3-Step Method, here’s the reason why this method works so well....
While 96% of the people go into the interview prepared to answer questions about themselves, focusing on their own experiences and achievements, this is exactly the opposite of what they should be doing (pretty hard to believe isn’t it? Keep reading and the lightbulb will go off for you too).
You see, I have a saying that defines the nature of the job interview:
“It’s not about you, it’s about them.”
What this basically means is that while the company you are interviewing with does care about your experiences and achievements, what they really care about is…
The most important thing to the company is their own needs.
How will you fit in? Will you do the job they need you to do? How will you make the company better?
They are looking for what we like to call their Perfect Candidate, and it is paramount that you position yourself as that person.
You have to keep this in mind when you answer every interview question. Actually, there is a specific way to answer every interview question so that you ensure you are aligning yourself with the needs of the company, and that is the 3-step method below.
The 3 Step Method Explained:
Step 1 – “Qualities”
Every company enters the interview process with a type of person in mind, which as we mentioned we like to call their Perfect Candidate.
What sets this person apart from the other candidates will usually be a specific set of knowledge, skills and abilities (or KSA’s) that are must-haves in order to be successful in the position.
We like to group these KSA’s together into one category, called “Qualities”. I can't stress enough how important these qualities are.
Because companies who are looking to fill a roll are not shy about revealing what their desired qualities are. After all, they want to attract the best candidate. What does that mean for you? It means you have to get a good idea of exactly what these qualities are, and you darn well better make sure that you show that you have these qualities when answering interview questions.
To do this, there is a very specific technique that you absolutely need to employ. When you are asked an interview question, you need to:
1) Incorporate one or more of the qualities into your answer to the question.
2) Highlight that you have the quality by supporting it with a Success Story (more on this in Step 2 of the 3-Step Method) from your past.
For example, if you knew that the company puts a lot of value in organizational skills (the Perfect Candidate quality) and asked you the question, “What characteristic would you say sets you apart from the other candidates?” you want to answer by mentioning you have high level organizational skills and framing it around an example from your past that shows a concrete example of you being organized.
Now, there are some techniques for locating the correct Perfect Candidate Qualities that your company is looking for, and we’ll get into that in just a minute...
But first let's take a look at step 2 in the Method...
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