It’s not about you. It’s about the person who is interviewing you and what’s needed for the position. You must show a connection between your experience and skills and their needs.
1. Do your homework on the company. Use the internet, news stories, personal contacts, etc. to learn as much as you can about their business and the challenges they're facing in their industry.
2. Do your homework on the position. Get the job description and determine the major areas of responsibility. If they don’t have a job description, ask what the main responsibilities are. Try to determine how they are going to measure success in the job.
3. Reality check. Stop and reflect. What have you have learned in Steps 1 and 2? Is this job a good fit for you? Can you be successful in it? Happy doing it? If so, go to Step 4 (coming in our next post).
Written by Mark Collins