From the archives. Disregard the info about where to get the book that this is drawn from. I mention where to get the book in the summary below.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter provides you with easy to use suggestions for how to prepare for your next interview and the questions you are asked.
I want to talk with you today about interview preparation. This video is derived from my book, "The Single Best Question You Should Ask On Any Interview." Is available on Amazon for Kindle. However, you can read it and all of my other books if you join JobSearchCoachingHQ.com.
Before you go to an interview. Most people know to do some basic research about the firm if you've never heard of them before. Even if you have heard of them before, what about some of the basic challenges the firm has right now.
You need to talk about what you've done and how you went about doing it. Think in terms of the format. The format starts off with a task, you were given to work on. You might say, " I was asked to work on this what it's, or this system, or this engineering project."
Explain to them what you stepped into. Identify the problem you were given and what resources you had available. That could be dollars, people, time, technology… Whatever it is, to find the resources you had to work with.
Then, talk about the outcomes , whether you help them make money, save money, how much was involved. It's certainly a lot more impressive when you're able to say, "my work helped to generate 3 1/2 million dollars in additional sales," or "I drove costs by $2.4 million." Or $213,000.
Once you can describe it in a real way, firms can contextualize what you've done in the context of what they are looking for. Ultimately, what you are going to be hired to do is make your boss look good.
Catch that one again.
You are hired because your boss thinks you are going to help make them look good.
How will they look good?
Real simple. You help the firm make money or you help the firm save money. That's kind of like a parent when they look at a child and think, "that's my girl!" Or "that's my boy!"
They are able to claim credit for your work. They hired you, and that helps them look good.
Spend some time preparing for your interview, otherwise you walk in and you "wing it," and frankly, there are very few people who can pull that off successfully very often.
Do you really think employers are trying to help you?
You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a leadership and career coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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