The Key To Succeeding In Your Interview
Ever go into an interview and come out feeling that you did a great job, but end up with a rejection? It’s often very confusing and very annoying, so what can you do? What can you do to minimize and eliminate the chances of being rejected.
To me, the key is to:
Find a way to show the interviewer that it would be a huge mistake to reject you. Don’t give them a reason to say no to you.
This is the mentality I try to encompass whenever faced with an interview, and it’s a mentality a few of us at Fiix embody.
An interview is your chance to show why you’re valuable to the company and what kind of return on investment they will get from bringing you on board.
At the end of the day, companies are striving to grow — whether it’s in terms of revenue or another metric that is important to them. They want to maximize their return on investment for every decision that they make, and that applies to hiring as well.
Hiring is very similar to investing in stocks and trading on the stock market.
An employee is like a stock. In it’s simplest form, they have a value, a potential growth rate, and a risk. Just like investing in an individual stock or a portfolio of stocks, the goal is to acquire a stock or develop a portfolio such that the return in a certain amount of time is maximized.
So if you apply this concept to hiring, the hiring manager is attempting to hire the best individual or assemble the best team in order to maximize the returns for the company. It’s all about assessing the value, growth rate, and risk of hiring an individual, and that can be a very difficult decision to make.
So make it easy for them, and increase your chances of getting hired by showing your value, presenting a high growth rate, and assuring them that the risk to hire you is low (i.e. choosing you is a no brainer). Just like before: Don’t give them a reason to say no to you.
Try the following approach when preparing for your next interview:
Identify your strengths and weaknesses, and prepare responses to questions that play towards your strengths.
It hurts to get caught with an unexpected question in which you come out feeling you could have given a better answer to. It’s better to be over prepared than underprepared.
Identify the company’s goals, weaknesses, and where they’re focusing their resources in order to grow and improve the company.
Research is critical. It helps you figure out the gaps the company is trying to fill and can assure your interviewer that this opportunity is important to you.
Prove that you can fill a gap and can actually help the company achieve their goals, strengthen their weaknesses, and make a huge impact.
Ideally you want to show that if you were given the job today, you’d be able to make an immediate impact and that in the future they can expect the results from you to be [XYZ].
The best way to show this is by leveraging past experience in a way that comes off as:
“Look, this is what I did in the past and these were the returns this individual/company saw from my work. This is what I can do for you now and in the future, and these are what the returns can be at your company.”
This is very important as a lot of times companies don’t want to invest time into showing you the ropes.
If you look at it from a holistic level, why does a company hire individuals in the first place?
They do so because they need someone to fill a missing role in the company which a current member can’t fulfill at the moment — whether it be to reinforce a current team, or to lead an area because no one has that specific expertise.
Lastly, when preparing for your interview, put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes and try to imagine what it would be like if you were interviewing yourself.
At the end of it, ask yourself this question: Would you hire you? Honestly.
Try to remove all personal bias and wishful thinking and objectively ask yourself if you would.
Then ask yourself: Why would you? or Why wouldn’t you?
The key here is to try to identify the reasons why an interviewer may say no to you, and take these potential rejections and work on turning them into acceptances.