The desired outcome of a job interview is to send a message that you are the person for the job. Here is one beautifully effective strategy for accomplishing this goal.
Having a professional resume and cover letter, dressing appropriately, and arriving on time are a few ways to make a good impression in a job interview.
But there is one other strategy that trumps all the others…
presenting yourself and your skill set in such a way that shows you have exactly what they are looking for.
You want to stand out as someone who is a perfect fit for the position they are seeking to fill.
Want to know how to conduct your job search strategy in just the right way to make this happen?
The short answer is: reverse engineering.
Let me explain…
Since you already know the duties and responsibilities for the position you are interviewing for (based on information gleaned from the job description and any other research you’ve done), you can prepare for the interview by brainstorming skills, training, interests, personality characteristics, etc. that fit with those findings.
This way, you will walk into the interview with a feeling of confidence that you have something valuable to offer.
This reverse-engineering strategy can continue during the interview. The interview process will reveal more in-depth details about the position and expectations. Based on those details, you can fill in more specifics about how and why you are the perfect candidate. It’s a great way to build camaraderie and create a memorable experience between you and the interviewer. This allows you to flow with the process naturally, which will ease some of the anxiety of being interviewed.
Reverse engineering is about being able to stand in their shoes.
What is it they need, and from that understanding, what qualities do you possess that will meet those needs? It creates a space for making a true connection, and a lasting impression with your interviewer, and that’s the real goal of interviewing.
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