- On March 15, 2019
This Forbes article with the unfortunate clickbait title “The One Single Most Important Thing to Improve Your Interview Results” is surprisingly on-point! Feel free to read it, but if you prefer the high level summary, here it is: interviewers only care about what you can do for them, and not really about you, so everything you say needs to address how you can help them immediately. (“Most of you think people interviewing you for jobs care about you and your strengths, motivations and fit. They don’t. They care about what you can do for them. If you keep this in mind and think, speak, and act in ways that can solve your interviewer’s problems, your chances of getting hired for the right job go up exponentially.”)
Specifically in an interview:
- Understand why the role exists, and know what problem it solves.
- Know what the company/team culture is so you can show you are aligned with it.
- Anticipate questions on whether you can do the job, whether you’d like it, and whether they’d like working with you.