As a manager or executive you are probably well rehearsed in the role of interviewer. You know what questions to ask and you are able to quickly assess candidates after just one meeting.
Now the tables have turned and you find yourself looking for a new role. It may have been awhile but we can get you back up to speed in no time so you can nail an interview once again.
Here are a few strategies:
1. Construct a Two-Part Game Plan
As a busy manager or exec you don’t have time to waste. It’s important to come up with a broad strategy by first answering a few simple questions.
In your new role…what are you looking to achieve? What skills do you want to apply? What do you bring to the table? What organizations are you targeting?
Paint this picture first so you are ready to relay these answers when asked in an interview. Think of it as the foundation of your job search and interview sessions.
In the second part of the game plan you need to consider the actual interviews. Whether it’s an informal informational interview or day-long session where you meet with multiple individuals, you need to have an interview strategy, which will now be covered.
2. Be Polished and Prepared, But Don’t Overdo It
Since you are already a leader of some sort, you more than likely are a natural when it comes to preparation and readiness. You will want to leverage this, but only to a certain degree.
As an interviewer you’ve experienced candidates who came across as robotic as they clearly were reciting memorized answers and not speaking genuinely.
In your preparation, make yourself ready for anything but understand you want to be conversational. As you know, interviewers can tell when you are thinking about the answer rather than taking part in discussion.
3. Be Prepared for the First Question
In most cases, after small talk, the first question will be, “Tell me about yourself.” It’s a question you’ve asked countless times, but now it is your time to answer it.
Remember here that they are not looking for your life story. Instead they want to see how you answer a vague question and how you align with the requirements of the role.
With that being said, be sure your telling of your background reflects what they are looking for. Your goal with this question is to show you’re a good fit for the job and a good cultural fit within the organization.