Interview Like a Champion

Six Steps to Interview Success


interview tips blog imageCongratulations, you got an interview with a top company in your industry. What’s the best strategy to ensure that you interview like a champion? This six-step process has helped my coaching clients navigate even the most demanding interview process.


1. Beyond Research: Due Diligence
I encourage my clients to think of themselves as company stakeholders in their next job. After all, you spend most of your waking hours at work. You are contributing not only your valuable time (a perishable and non-refundable commodity) but also your intellectual capital.  Treat your research accordingly.


Learn as much as you can about the company, management team, financials, culture, competitors and the company’s opportunities and challenges. Is this the kind of place where you can do your best work?


2. Define the Problem You Are Solving
Go beyond what is written in the job description. The better you understand the problems that will be faced on the job, the better prepared you are to calibrate your interview responses and questions.


What is a day in the life like in this job? What are the top three priorities you would have me address if you decided to hire me?  What would success look like in the first 90 days on this job?


3. Define Your Scope and Impact
Is your next ideal opportunity a strategic level position? Are you an individual contributor, looking to move up to a front-line supervisor role? Define the level at which you will be most productive and satisfied. Prepare relevant success stories to back that up, so the interviewer has a clear picture of your potential fit within the organization.


Interested in Steps 4, 5 and 6? 
Email Kathleen to round out your Interview Strategy. Just use the subject line: Interview Like a Champion and she will get this out to you as soon as possible.


Next: Differentiate Yourself
Next, we will cover the actual interview, including how you can differentiate yourself  from the moment you are introduced, to the closing moments of the interview.