If you’ve ever been to a job interview, thought it went great and then not gotten the job and wondered why this episode is for you!
I’m Natalie Fisher and I help recent grads who don’t’ have the real world experience yet, kick start their careers and land great jobs straight out of school by giving them a headstart with tested proven strategies.
In this post I talk about the one piece of feedback employers won’t always give you (but they’re always thinking) when they don’t hire you, so stay tuned!
So have you ever been to a job interview, it went great, and then you get a call or an email with some disappointing news saying they decided to go with someone else? Then maybe you even ask for feedback and they may or may not give you something of use? Like maybe they say “You were great but we decided to go with someone who had more experience” Or they say “ Thanks for your time but we didn’t think you were the best fit”.
And you’re still left not really knowing where you went wrong or what happened?
Well from all the interviews I’ve sat in I can tell you that the number one thing discussed in the debrief is this:
The candidate failed to communicate their value in a powerful enough way.
In some form or another this is what it always comes down to.
So how can you make sure that you communicate your value strongly you ask?
Well there are a few ways that I suggest:
1) BE SPECIFIC by using Stories!
Give specific examples of value you’ve brought in the past, whether that’s in a classroom or in a previous role. Check out my Free guide download below if you would like to see 10 concrete examples of how to do this!
2) Create a bigger vision
Get a good idea of their needs first by researching and asking questions, and then when you’re interviewing, don’t just answer the questions, but create a bigger vision for the role and get them excited about what you will do if you were hired in the role and what results and changes they will start to see towards their company goals. Start talking specifics and get them excited!
3) Connect and be human
The best way to connect in a short amount of time (like in an interview) is to learn how to tell effective stories that show your personality and who you are as a person. I have a ton of other youtube videos on this which you’re welcome to check out, and If you want to learn more about how to tell stories effectively for interviews you can get started right away by downloading my free guide where you can draw from 10 concrete examples. Insert your personality in there! For example if you’re asked what do you do when you get stressed? Start out by saying: “I eat lots of chocolate!” To break the ice, then move into a real story of how you handled something stressful! Who doesn’t like chocolate, so it makes them laugh and it connects you as a human being! (Of course only do this if you like to each chocolate while stressed like I do)!
And there we have it: The number one piece of feedback people get (or don’t get) when they are rejected for a job. And 3 things you can do to effectively communicate your value.
If you’re interested in seeing specific examples in action of how you can communicate your value effectively, feel free to download the Free Behavioural Interview Example guide with 10 concrete examples to the most common behavioural questions.
What you’ll get when you download this guide:
10 plus concrete examples of real life story answers
A breakdown of a simple formula to help you answer effectively
Fill in the blank templates to fill in your own stories
And 25 questions you can ask yourself (and your friends) to help you come up with your own rock-solid interview stories.
You’ll get all this in a beautifully designed workbook to help you prepare for your interview! Click below to grab that now.