Are you tired of using traditional job interview strategies that lead to nowhere? It’s about time you tried better —and proven ones.
Did you know that one of the best job interview advice is presenting yourself as a passionate, informed, and competent talent?
As David Maister said, “Believe passionately in what you do, and never knowingly compromise your standards and values. Act like a true professional, aiming for true excellence, and the money will follow.”
See, you don’t want to sound like average candidates that repeat buzzwords— like a parrot. Instead, you should talk the talk and walk the walk by showing evidence of your knowledge and expertise.
Simply put, you need to sound knowledgeable and well-versed in your stuff.
Specifically, your job interview plan should send a clear message that you know your field’s trends and challenges and that you have good ideas in your career toolbox.
For example, you need to bring proof of specialized knowledge and competencies to show you have been creating solutions worth talking about. That way, you ensure it is a hard decision for a hiring manager to pick another candidate over you.
Now you are thinking, “how can I do that?”
Well, we knew you were going to ask that. Therefore, the CBL team prepared a list of four job interview strategies for you.
Let’s go over them now. Shall we?
Here are the four job interview strategies.
Strategy 1– Have a well-organized Portfolio. This will enable you to show interviewers sample work or projects you collaborated on and completed.
By the way, serious professionals have a portable binder portfolio or an online one in their career development system.
Strategy 2- Show authority. Establish your expertise by showing you know the industry’s giants and that you walk on their shoulders to sharpen your competencies.
Share how you adapt their ideas, frameworks, and teaching to innovate and create your own templates and strategies to face specific challenges. And don’t forget to quote trailblazers of your industry when necessary.
Strategy 3- Provide Structured Response. Speak slowly and use sequence or listing when answering questions. For example, use first, second, third …and finally. Or one, two, three,…and finally.
Doing so enables interviewers to follow your line of thoughts and take notes to capture your responses and examples.
Strategy 4- Be proactive. Raise the challenges of the industry. Pull artifacts and tools from your portfolio to show what you do to tackle and deal with these obstacles.
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