Interviewing- How do you get to the top of the mountain?

Have you ever hiked to the top of a mountain? Didn’t it feel great to get to the summit and take in the views? Achieving a successful journey requires planning, courage, practice, communication, teamwork, and a belief that you can do it.

Interviewing is very similar to hiking a mountain. Making it to the top or, in this case, having a great interview or round of interviews requires the same attributes; they are applied differently. Planning out what you need to do to achieve interview success is a step-by-step process:

Step 1:

Know the organization and study the people with whom you will be interviewing.

Step 2:

Know the questions that they will be asking you based on the targeted resume that you submitted.

Step 3:

Practice, practice, practice your STAR stories that are aligned with the role/s of the person/s with whom you will be speaking.  

Step 4:

Know the questions that YOU will be asking them based on your already created DECISION MAKING CRITERIA MATRIX, and your need to find out any additional information that may not be listed on the job description. 

Step 5:

Practice asking your questions.

Step 6:

Visualize success.

Step 7:

Write down the interview details in your interview database and prepare to leverage that knowledge in future rounds.

Step 8:

Follow up to thank the people for sharing their thoughts and to demonstrate to them that you listened to  their most important needs. 

Trust the process because the view is worth it. Making it to the top of the mountain will never be easy, but you can do a successful climb.

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