Brian Fink

When interviewing, give concrete answers.

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Yesterday, I gave made a really long post about interview prep. Rereading it, I should have focused on one core element: giving concrete answers to questions you are asked in the interview.

Give examples from your experience that demonstrate your knowledge and skills. Show confidence in your skills and be positive about what you have done.

But, how do you wow the interviewer with your stellar skills and experience without sounding inauthentic? Standing out from a crowded pack of applicants can be difficult, but there are ways to show potential employers that you’re a qualified candidate.

Giving specific and concrete examples of your skills provide a glimpse into your authentic self and the work you’ve accomplished to bring you to this moment.

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To all the candidates and job seekers heading into an interview this week, good luck!

Want to share another question that you might want to ask your interviewer, hiring manager, or hiring committee.

“Was the last person in this role successful? Why or why not?”

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Think big picture here.

Knowing the story of what happened to the last person in this job is important.

First, it will help you better answer their questions. If the last person didn’t do well, you can talk about how you would do it differently. If the last person did spectacularly and got promoted, you know what you need to do to be considered successful.

Second, you may even discover a few clues that will help you determine if you want to take this job or not.

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Just finished an impromptu interview prep and wanted to pass this tip along.

Ask the hiring manager or interview panel: what is the biggest challenge you are trying to solve?

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Whether you are interviewing to be the teacher that helps turn around a failing school, a scrum master who challenges a team of software engineers to deliver their best product ever, an advertising ace who creates a message that really resonates, or an engineer who just graduated and is facing their first big development hurdle — you get it: find the challenge!

The challenge is what you and the team you might be joining want to solve together. It is the excitement about taking the job. It’s the fuel that will ignite your spark and send your soul flying!

All right — let’s fucking go! Crush that interview!

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It’s smart to come to an interview with a list of prepared questions.

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Usually, the hiring manager provides time to ask questions towards the end of the interview. Presenting a list shows that you took the time to research and prepare for the interview, demonstrating that you’re a strong candidate.

Professional development is a great way to increase your knowledge about your field, industry, or specific position while on the job. Ask these questions to see how the company handles professional development requests:

👌 What training can I expect during or after onboarding?

👌 Does the company provide in-house professional development?

👌 Will the company support attendance at industry conferences?

👌 Can I attend professional development outside of the office?

👌 Does the company offer support for obtaining advanced degrees?

👌 Are there any mentors on staff?

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Brian Fink

Brian Fink

Executive Recruiter. ✈ #ATL ↔ #SF ✈ Building companies is my favorite. Opinions are my own. Responsibility is freedom. 🖖