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Job Interview Tips: 9 Ways to Wow Your Future Boss



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Hey gents, Kyle here from the Distilled

Man. Up next we're gonna give you some

interview tips that will help you nail

your next interview and wow your future

boss. Some people think they can just

walk into a job interview and wing it—no

thought to preparation or what questions

they might be asked. But in my experience,

no matter how good your resume looks or

how confident you're feelingm when it

comes to interviewing successfully, a

little bit of preparation goes a long

way. So up next I'm going to give you 9

tips for how you can crush your next

interview and wow your future boss

Number one, understand the real purpose

of the in-person interview. Most of the

time if you've made it to the interview

stage, by now they’ve actually already

looked at your qualifications in your

job history and so usually the in-person

interview is often less about whether

you're qualified and more about, well

let's just call them “intangibles.” First,

are you a good fit personality-wise.

Basically do they like you?

Second, are you articulate, can you

communicate? So maybe you look good

on paper but they want to know if you

can actually sound like you know what

you're talking about.

And then finally, does it seem like you

want the job? Because you can have as

many qualifications and have the best

resumes as possible, but if you don't

have enthusiasm about the position, then

why should they be excited about hiring

you?

In a nutshell, beyond any other

preparation you do, just whatever you do

don't forget how hugely important that

interpersonal aspect is—simply just

being present and making that connection

and that rapport with the person you're

talking to.

Number two, practice fielding common

interview questions. One of the most

common questions you should be prepared

for is “why do you want this job and why

do you want to work here?” Whoa,

I did not see that one coming. This

question gives you an opportunity to

talk about your career aspirations and

why the job is a good fit for your

strengths and your experience.

Another common question is “why do you

want to leave your current company?” Even

if you're leaving because you absolutely

hate everyone at your former company

it's best to keep things on the

positive side obviously. So focus on the

fact that you've had some great

experiences you've learned a lot, but now

you're excited to explore some some new

ways to challenge yourself and grow. And

finally an obvious one, “what makes you

the best person

for this position?” You don't need to

oversell yourself here but it is an

opportunity for you to talk about what

sets you apart—whether it's your

experience or your drive—and it's also a

great time to just reinforce how excited

you are about the opportunity. So beyond

these specific questions, you can always

get a book that gives you some other

ideas of potential interview questions

that you might be asked. I got this book

probably about 10 years ago, and I can't

tell you if it's objectively the best

book of its kind. But I'll tell you, it

helped me a lot because it's got so many

different types of questions, that if you

practice you know 20 or 30 of these, by

the end of it you feel really really

comfortable kind of fielding questions

and talking about your own strengths and

experience in different ways. Number

three, be prepared with specific examples

and stories. Any good interviewer is

going to ask you for specifics about

your experience. They want proof of past

behavior that you can do the job. So it

helps to have some specific nuggets that

you can mention during the interview.

Like any big accomplishments relevant to

the position. And if possible have some

metrics to help quantify what you did. “I

managed a team of 12 salespeople with a

total budget of 40 gazillion dollars.” “I

revamped our company's manufacturing

process so we could make widgets 15%

faster.” And they don't have to all be

huge revenue drivers or showstoppers. But

if done well, it helps demonstrate that

you've had some past successes,

and it helps show the interviewer that

you can kind of see the big picture of

your company rather than being one of

those people who's just like, “well, I go

to work, I punch in, I punch out.” A

challenge you faced and how you overcame

it. Now, this is one of those classic

interview questions. For the interviewer,

it's really helpful because it it gets

you out of the whole selling yourself

mode, and gets you to talk about

something that actually happened in the

trenches. It also gives them a kind of a

good idea about your problem-solving

abilities and the way you think. An

interpersonal conflict that you

successfully navigated. So this is very

similar to the previous previous one but

it gives the interviewer a window into

the way that you deal with different

personality types. It also gives them a

sense, a gauge, of how self-aware you are.

Number four, ask thoughtful questions.

Probably the biggest mistake you could

make is to have no questions prepared of

your own. First, it either makes you look

desperate, like “Any job will do. Please

hire me!” or disinterested. And neither of

those things is good

from interviewer’s perspective. And

secondly, if you are actually considering

this job, don't you want to know more

about it to see if it genuinely is a

good fit? Some of the questions to ask an

interviewer are, “what are the most

important traits a candidate needs to

possess for this role?” and then “what is

the biggest challenge this role will

face?” And from there, you can segue into

you know, questions about team structure

or maybe other specific questions about

the business. These questions are great

because they get the interviewer out of

interview mode and it helps you start

talking about the day-to-day business. It

can also help give you a sense of what

to expect should you actually get the

job, and maybe give you clue on how you

can be more successful. The other nice

thing about questions is it's a good way

to show that you've done your research

about the company. Like “how have things changed

since the new CEO took the reins last

October?” You just have to be careful

to not seem like you're trying to stump

the interviewer or like you're asking a

question that's beyond the pay grade of

the position you're applying for. “So

Janice, where do you see the company's

customer acquisition strategy going in

next five years given recent

competitive entrants?” Number five, show

that you want the position they're

hiring for. As an employer, one of the

most annoying things is when someone

comes in for an interview for one job

and then they try to sort of weasel

their way into a higher position or a

totally different role. Even if this job

really is just one step along your

master plan to world domination, don't

act like it's beneath you. If it's a

job sweeping floors, act like you're

gonna be the best damn floor sweeper

ever. If it's a job cold calling

strangers, talk about how you're gonna

have a positive attitude even when

people slam the phone down in your ear.

If you do an amazing job at the job

you're given, they'll recognize your

potential and eventually reward you.

Number six, don't BS your weaknesses.

It's so funny how many people try to

judo their way out of answering the

question about weaknesses, thinking that

they can get by by saying something

like “well my weakness is actually my

strength.” “I would say one of my

weaknesses is that I'm too

detail-oriented.” And I'm not saying you

need to rip yourself to shreds or

highlight every single shortcoming that

you have, but you should be able to

identify some legitimate areas where you

still need to do some work for your

professional development. And I think the

best way to phrase it is something like

“well, I'd still like to work

improving X” or “I’d still like to

continue growing in this area.” Employers

don't expect you to be perfect. And

actually having an honest assessment of

where you still need some development

can be really helpful for them.

Number seven take notes look alive. I

know this sounds like a very oddly

specific tip. But during an interview, if

you take copious notes it's a great way

to show that you're actively engaged and

that you are hungry for the job. When I

got my first job in advertising, during

the interview I took copious notes. And

maybe partly I was compensating because

I had never had an office job. But also,

it just helped me—taking notes just

helped me process everything and kind of

listen actively. Years later, my boss

still remembered how I took notes

throughout that entire first discussion

in our interview. And to him I guess it

was a sign that, not only was I fully

engaged, but I was a go-getter and that

it was almost like I was already part of

the team. Number eight, bring the best

version of yourself. Look, you already

know that you need to make a great first

impression on your potential employer.

They're trying to evaluate you based on

whatever information you put in front of

them. And like it or not, your physical

appearance is part of that. So bring your

A-game.

Dress your best. Even if it's a casual

work environment, better to be

overdressed than underdressed in an interview.

Rock that suit. Make sure your shoes are

shined. Make sure you're well groomed

overall. Hair combed, grimy nails clipped.

Try to get a full night's sleep, and drink

enough water so that you look rested.

And if you want more tips, I did a whole

other video on How to Make a Great First

Impression that I'll link to. And finally

number nine, the interview starts the

moment you apply. So many people focus on

just acing the in-person interview, and

what they forget is that a company's

perception of you begins way before you

walk through those doors. And their

evaluation of you continues even after

the first in-person meeting. Be mindful

of your digital footprint. Google

yourself and see what comes up. Check

those privacy settings on your

social media accounts. Is there something

you need to take down or at least

something you need to have an

explanation for? Treat your phone

interview like a real interview. Prepare

for it like you would a real interview.

Find a quiet place free of distractions.

Dress up, take notes. All this “put

togetherness” will come cross. Once you arrive

for your in-person interview, remember

even if you're not talking to your

future boss yet, you're still being

evaluated. So that receptionist

may not be the hiring manager, but that

doesn't mean she can't torpedo your

chances of getting a job because you're

being a jackass in the waiting room.

Finally, after the interview, send

thank-you emails or thank you notes to

everyone who interviewed you. It helps if

you ask for their card each time you

meet them. This is just one last way to

show that you're buttoned up and that

you want that job. Ironically, sometimes

the people who interview best are not

actually that good at their jobs, and

people who interview really badly can be

great at their jobs. Interviewing is a

whole separate skill that takes practice.

And much like learning how to talk to

women, it helps if you can get

comfortable practicing without being

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