The 1 Thing You Should Do In Your Next Interview

The end of the semester is near.  For some, it is just another summer but for others, it is the start of a life.  This time, more than ever, is your chance to put what you’ve learned to the test.  When interviewing for a job, it is common to get nervous asking questions like, “What will they ask me?” and “What should I wear?”  

I invite you to change your paradigm.  Instead of worrying about what they may ask you; think of what you will ask them.  You want to make sure this organization is right for you; not the other way around.  You run this interview; not them.

Research the company and research who you will be interviewing with.  Google them to see what they look like and introduce yourself to them first.  Hold your hand out first for the handshake and if you are feeling like a badass, ask them “Where will we be meeting?”

Knowing what the person looks like will do two things:  It will help you visualize yourself in the interview before you even step foot in the building and it will also help you identify your target.  The interview starts in the parking lot but it is always beneficial to know when to perk up.  Maintain eye contact and reach out prematurely with a dry, firm handshake.  

Don’t look at their hand!  Maintain eye contact, smile, be sincere and genuine.

Researching the company will allow you to not waste anyone’s time.  For example, it does no one any good to ask questions that the company’s mission statement already answers.  

Shane Jenne Fitness, Nutrition and Sleep’s Mission Statement

“Coach young adults in creating positive lifestyle changes in fitness, nutrition and sleep to look and feel the way they deserve.”

You wouldn’t want to ask, “Can you tell me a little about your organization?”  But rather, “Why do you focus on fitness, nutrition and sleep?  Why don’t you consider stress management?”

The only tip I have for the question and answer stage of the interview is to visualize every possible situation you can.  Use the creative and imaginative “right side” of your brain so that nothing catches you "off guard" or surprises you.  

Construct three key messages you will use in some way in every response to their questions.  This is useful for showing that you have a distinct message, which makes you memorable and also helpful to get you out of a possible situation you didn’t prepare for.  

Example of three key messages:

  1. Coach positive lifestyle changes
  2. Trifecta of fitness, nutrition and sleep
  3. They deserve to look and feel better

These are very vague and vague is good for this type of thing.  You want your messaging to be as broad and malleable as possible.

Last thing, you’ve been asking questions this whole interview so it’s quite possible that the “Do you have any questions about this position” question may never come up, but if it does, always have something you want to ask them -- period.  Saying, “No, I think I am good.  I can’t wait to hear back from you,” may be the worst thing you can say.  

Ask about turnover, about opportunities for advancement -- ask anything.

Last impressions are just as important as first.

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