by: Contributing writer
Have you ever wondered what makes an interview memorable to a manager? Do you struggle with getting noticed even if you have a significant skillset?
Sometimes a bad interview can dampen your vibe, and ruin the chances of getting where you want to be -- whether it be an internal move or landing that dream job. But it doesn't mean you have to pull a circus trick to get noticed. If you study, internalize and incorporate these 3 things, you'll be far ahead of anyone else in being remembered by the recruiter or hiring manager.
Here are 3 things I learned in my journey to make an interview unforgettable.
Often your purpose in life is rooted in what you loved to do between the ages of 7 & 14, what psychologists call the "Modeling Years" where the child would begin to model or investigate what it admired. We knew so much more than we realized as a child. When you know your purpose in life, you become powerful, grounded, rooted in self-confidence. When this happens, you know your worth, and you target the right roles for you, and these roles are most likely going to get you the best results. You know exactly what types of people you want to work with, how you want to be treated, and what value you have to offer.
There is a reason the mystical phrase "KNOW THYSELF" is inscribed in the temple of Apollo in Delphi, and a reason the ancient philosophers encouraged us to know this. When you know yourself, and your purpose, you begin to have more clarity than you ever imagined... which leads us to the next tip...
The #1 mistake most people do in interviews is rambling and not getting to the point. This takes away time for an interviewer to ask the relevant questions to get to know you and form a better connection with you.
When you are rambling on and on about you, you are essentially taking value from your interviewer's busy day. This is why by the time the interview ends, they are probably leaving with a not so positive impression of you, and they won't know why. Instead, focus on simply answering the question, and relate it to something that brings value to the interviewer or their company instead. When you do this, you will be adding value, and they will more likely leave with a favorable impression of you. Be a value fountain, not a value drain, as my mentors Renee and David Shen say.
Perhaps the most obvious pitfall of rambling is that you are showing the interviewer that you are lacking in communication skills by not planning and thinking through your answers. Which means you are not catering to what the audience wants. Which means that you are missing the fundamental rule of making money: Find out what they want, go and get it, give it to them. Great customer service means knowing how to serve your audience.
So before you answer a question, stop a bit and think about the key point you are trying to make. Practice answering questions in an organized manner. Then consider how you will frame it eloquently to relate to something the company values. If you do this, they will most likely leave the interview with an entranced feeling about you.
We are not interested in crafted responses you think are best suited for the role. We do not want to hear a laundry list of items you've researched are key skills for the role if they are not truly your own. If we are good interviewers, we can see right through canned responses.
Do not try to impress us. The more you try to impress us, the more you are coming from a place of pleasing, not from a place of adding value. You see, when you are focused on pleasing, you are really focused on yourself: Please like me. Please love me. Please make me feel worthy. When you come from a place of knowing your worth and what is best for you, you are real and authentic and valuable.
The biggest secret is that we don't want you to please us. We want to know the real you. We want an answer from the heart. And that only comes from knowing thyself.
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