The 3-Step Method to Ace Your Job Interview

The 3-Step Method to Ace Your Job Interview
by Griffin Hill
Photos Diana Zapata | September 09, 2015
A job interview can feel intimidating, impersonal, and pressure-filled. So what's our best tip for how to prepare for an interview? Cast a vision.
Close your eyes right now and visualize your last job interview. Remember how you felt and tap into those sweaty palms and nervous, thumping heartbeat. What was your strategy? How did you prepare? Did you open up or shut down when asked a difficult question?

One of our best job interview tips is simply this: cast a vision. 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW: Cast a vision

Casting a vision is a phrase that typically floats around the leadership community. Great managers and team leaders are all familiar with the idea of casting a vision: explaining where you are, where you are headed, and how you will get there. You have to rally the troops, articulate the path from point A to point B, and be passionate and clear. You can apply the same technique to interviews.  
Great managers and team leaders are all familiar with the idea of casting a vision: explaining where you are, where you are headed, and how you will get there. 
If you’re a student or between jobs, you’ve probably been given a lot of tips on the best job interview practices. You’ve been told to be honest, be yourself, and research the position beforehand. You’ve been instructed to ask questions and describe projects in which you’ve been successful. All of this advice is inherently good, but it is also incomplete. Casting a vision encompasses all of these tips and more.

step 1: EXPLAIN WHO AND WHERE YOU ARE

To give potential employers a clear picture, you must be honest and able to discuss past experiences and opportunities where you have been successful. This will better pique the interest of the interviewer and give them an idea of your abilities.

step 2: ARTICULATE WHY YOU WANT THE JOB

Do some background research of the position itself beforehand and why the role interests you. By doing this, and by asking questions and relating your own past experience, you will be able to explain why the job is a good fit for you and the existing team.

step 3: DRAW CONNECTIONS BETWEEN YOURSELF, THE POSITION, AND THE FUTURE

If you’ve done your job up to this point, you’ve successfully described yourself and displayed passion for and knowledge of the position. Now it’s time to seal the deal. Where will you take the team in the short and long term? Why are you the perfect fit? How will you reach new heights with this role?

If you can connect the dots, you can cast the vision. Any good interview is full of passion and authenticity, but a great job interview casts a vision for the future, a vision that only the candidate can fill. Be that person in your next interview and you will wow them every time.

Got any other secret job interview tips? Share them with us in the comments.