Last time I achieved job interview success by channeling my inner Robert California. One of my loyal readers, who is considering a new job, asked for more details. “There’s got to be more to it than being confident in yourself!” You are absolutely right.
Borrowing a move from Barney (How I Met Your Mother), when you go to your job interview, go in looking your best. It may be a hassle to wear a tie and dust off your suit, but looking your best will give you the best chance to perform your best. In a properly fitted suit, you are forced to have good posture and you feel larger than life. When you look good, you feel good. I have to admit, I gave myself the double thumbs up a few times while looking at myself in the mirror.
Match Experience With Requirments
Before going into the interview, I asked for a basic job description. Luckily for me, the job seemed custom tailored to me. My career strengths were a desperate need for my new employer. This boosted my growing confidence even more. If I chased after a job that was not a good match, I would have been more Dwight Schrute then Robert California.
Listen and Be Authentic
I mesh with most personalities, but I was fortunate that all team members who interviewed me clicked. I paid attention to their questions, reactions, and body language. In a way I was “figuring them out”. I followed up with my own questions and gave feedback, straight from the heart. I wasn’t freakishly confident like Spader, but I was confident enough to turn the tables when I saw fit. I was interviewing them as much as they were interviewing me. At the end of the interview, it was like old friends shooting the breeze.
I would like to think I got my new job because of my boyish good looks and dashing charm. The truth is, I had an ace up my sleeve and a man working on the inside. My old co-worker recommended me for the job. After the song and dance, my new boss confessed that I was pretty much hired because of my glowing reference. Do good work and let it speak for you. Last, but not least, don’t burn any bridges and continue to grow and maintain your network.