Increasing Your Odds Of Getting a Job
I shared a bunch of job opportunities in OP #204. I figured some of you may be lining up interviews for some of those jobs. I wanted to share how to prepare for those job interviews to maximize your chance of getting the role.
There are many reasons why a role may go to a particular candidate. But regardless of the seniority or sector, all three tips should apply.
Understand the opportunity in front of you. Put simply… is the company growing? Are they flat? Are they declining? If you know the answer to that fundamental question, you can start to figure out if you are a fit. Why? Most companies like to hire talent who has experience in whatever they are currently going through (or about to go through).
For example, if the company is flat or declining, someone with a turnaround/transformation background may be more relevant than someone who has scaled a growing company.
Prepare your relevant experiences. Once you understand the nature of the role and the company performance from either the recruiter, job description, or whatever you can Google search, start thinking about your career with the lens of relevance. What relevant experience do you have in your career to the business before you?
Example: If the company is flat or declining, you should talk about moments in your career where you worked at similar declining or flat companies OR if your business unit was having issues, how did you turn it around?
Quantify your results. Highly relevant if you are interviewing with me, but I'd like to think for others. It would be best to be outcome-focused and talk about your contributions in relative and actual results. It would help if you were not afraid to mention numbers or ways for the interviewer to know that you drove a growth plan.
Write out ten stats or accomplishments you had in the last two roles on a sheet of paper.
Take that list of 10 and then rank them 1-10.
Take the top 5 and use those in your conversation with a recruiter or interviewer.
An example, "I came into the role in 2016 and had a $200M P&L. In 3 years, I grew the business to $700M, a 250% increase. Let's discuss the three levers which I used to grow +250%, and I believe, outside in, they may apply to your business."
Hopefully, the above is helpful as you prepare for interviews. I'll follow this up in future OP's with additional tips.