“Mel, you’re a hero! I hadn’t had a successful interview in 4 years and was really struggling with low confidence, but the first interview after our first session I get an offer within 2 days, even before they finish interviewing, at 5k more than I wrote in my expectations, and they tell me that they would have offered me the manager role based on the strength of my performance had it been available!” Robin, Human Rights Whizz
There’s nothing I love more than helping people seal their dream job deal with short ‘n’ sweet mock interviews.
Cos the 45 minute, 360 shift I see in clients, no matter how bright, is the fastest transformation I see in my work, followed shortly by rip-roaring interview success.
Here are 3 things I’ve learnt about ace-ing the interview:
– ‘Success is when opportunity meets preparation’ – nobody, I mean nobody, is gifted enough to ace an interview at a top of the range organisation without preparing properly. Make sure you leave time to prep and practice, practice, practice with someone you trust – this is the difference between sealing the job deal and falling at the last hurdle.
– Passion sells. We worry a lot about getting the words perfect but this can sound revoltingly robotic and inauthentic. 65% of powerful communication is in the tone and pace and only 35% of your impact comes from the words. So practice till it rolls off the tongue but if your answer ain’t a bit different every time and loaded with the right energy, you may not hit the spot. Authenticity is the great connector. More authenticity, less perfection.
– Powerful interview prep involves analysing the job description and identifying the questions you’ll be asked. Be sure to be clear on how to answer competency based questions and always use examples. Evidence + passion is the killer combo.
Even if you’re nervous to a paralysing degree, I can assure you it’s totally figure-outable. I see 360 shifts within a 45 minute mock interview again and again and again with clients across all industries from law to consulting, advertising, tech and beyond, sometimes with debilitating, ‘I’m sh*t at interviews’ nervousness.
If you’d like to nail an upcoming interview with the most high-results producing 45 minute fix, drop me a message – I love nothing more that getting messages like Marcel’s below: