Setting yourself up for success has a lot to do with alignment of skill and a lot to do with mirroring. If you’re going for a similar role in a similar industry, your job is easier than someone who is making a drastic change. The honest truth, for those of you in the latter camp, is that you might have to pivot, practice and progress your way to your dream job. A process that can take years. Not every business is open to accept career-changers and that’s ok. You might have to step sideways before you can step up.
The plot below shows the distribution of the number of Python functions defined for both candidates who the interviewer said they would hire and candidates who the interviewer said they would not hire. A quick look at this chart suggests that there is a difference in the distribution of function definitions between interviews that go well and interviews that don’t. Successful interviewees seem to define more functions.