Here are some different ways to prepare and think about your next job interview–as the interviewer or the interviewee.


  • Block out time to do deep preparation
  • Get clear about the unique strengths and combinations you bring
  • Have a few prepared stories and examples that demonstrate your accomplishments and skills
  • Get clear on your core values
    • Determine how your values would be honored in the new job
    • Be them in the interview
  • Are you running to something or running away from something else?
  • Figure out your “must haves” for you and red flags ahead of time
  • Make the job interview process is a two-way street
  • Put your best foot forward if you have a video interview
    • Get a good camera — Logitech C920
    • Put the camera at least at eye level–best to have it pointing slightly down at you
    • Practice talking to the camera instead of talking to the screen
    • Make sure you have earbuds or something that sounds good
    • Pick a good place to do the call from with a pleasant background
    • Webcam Glam: 3 Easy Tricks To Look Polished On Video Chats
    • Seth Godin takes things to the next level with his Zoom setup
      • Yes, hiding “self view” definitely reduces exhaustion
  • Consider what you need to do to get into the best mental state
    • Go for a walk
    • Meditate
    • Put some buffers in your schedule
    • Select times of the day when you bring your best energy
    • Get a good night of sleep
  • Remember the interview is looking to hire the awesomeness you bring, not the collective output of your previous team
  • Get your self-awareness dialed in
    • “Everyone likes working with me except when I _______________.”
    • “As a ______________, people experience me as __________________.”
    • Tim Ferriss interview with Stanley McChrystal
  • In the stories you share about your experience, try to demonstrate
    • How deep you go
    • What you accomplished
    • How you got there
    • Your thought process
  • Avoid getting lost in your own story
  • Have questions for the interviewer
    • Use to determine if you are a fit
    • Gather information on what they are looking for in the role
    • Always have questions even if you ask the same questions to multiple people
    • Asking the same question to multiple interviewers can yield interesting results

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