I made a YouTube video on how to scale through one-on-one interview some months ago, but I’ll write about it again today.
But firstly, whatever I share here is simply my personal insight I have gained from over 10 years of corporate 9-5 work experience before I finally said goodbye to that system.
Firstly, permit me to make a boast.
In my about a decade work experience, I was never fired for once, I was never given a query at anytime, and for every place I have worked, it was always a struggle for my employers to let me go, and when they had to, they either give me a grand send forth, a recommendation letter, etc.
On that premise, you might really want to listen to what I have to say.
This post will have two parts:
1. HOW TO PASS ANY INTERVIEW AND LAND YOUR DREAM JOB
2. HOW TO NEVER GET FIRED
Let’s start with this caveat.
I sincerely acknowledge that a lot of effort goes into getting called up for an interview. For example, there is the presentation of your C.V., there is whether your background and qualifications matches the job description, bla bla bla.
And when you finally get called for an interview, there is the issue of how you dress and show up, how you comport yourself, how you speak confidently and all that, they are all pieces of the whole part — the employment process and protocol.
However, all of that are not my focus in this post.
My focus is just on the substance you deliver during interview to get your interviewer to vote you for the job.
So here’s my submission.
During an interview, the most important thing you need to do to get that job is to…
The word relevance according to the Word Web dictionary means “having a bearing or connection with the subject at issue”
So what is the subject at hand?
I’ll explain this in two ways.
FIRSTLY, showing relevance is relative to different companies. But what this means to you is that you need to find out exactly what the vision and mission of that company you are applying to is, and you have to be able to describe clearly and articulately to your interviewers how you intend to use your skills, qualification and background to support and drive the company towards its vision.
Some of the questions that interviewers ask to elicit that response are:
1. Why are you a good fit for this job?
2. Why should we employ you?
3. What can you bring to this job?
In whatever shade the question is asked, what we simply want to know from you is; how are you relevant to what we are doing here?
If you can answer this convincingly, chances are that you will get everyone’s vote for the job.
SECONDLY, even though entrepreneurs and CEOs don’t go about shouting this, but one of the very fundamental reason people start businesses is to make profit. If it isn’t about profit, then they would have started an NGO instead.
Your employers are in it for the money, and for them to have been running up until now, chances are that they are making profit.
But here’s the deal, as entrepreneurs we don’t just want to make money, we want to make MORE MONEY.
And there are three ways businesses make more money:
1. By cutting down on expenditure
2. Making more sales or
3. Doing both 1 & 2
So before appearing in an interview, you need to also have figured out how you can help your potential employers achieve either 1 or 2 or both.
How can your skills, experience, qualification helps that company reduce their expenses?
Or how can you help them make more sales?
The moment you have an answer to these questions, you have shown RELEVANCE.
Bottom line is, what smart employers want to find out during an interview is:
1. How can you help us drive our vision and reinforce our mission?
2. How can you help us become more profitable?
If you can answer these two questions in your next interview, take my word for it, you’ll most likely get the job.
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