Can You Over Prepare for the Interview?

And a related question we will answer here about the interview PROCESS: who is interviewing whom?

You are there to find out what they need. And when you find out what they need you can share with them what you have that will help them address that need and get the results they are looking for.

The key to finding out what they need is to ask questions.

In order to ask good questions you need to get a little insight into the context of the job, get a general understanding of some of the needs they may have and results they want to get – the homework you have probably already done to customize the resume you used to get the interview!

If you do days and days of preparation, and learn all about the company and about the industry and all about the issues they are facing – when you are in the interview you may be compelled to tell them how much you have learned, what you think they could be doing, and generally set yourself up for being judged and assessed for everything you say. Your time will be better spent on reviewing their materials and jotting down a few questions to ask them if you were talking to them as a consultant.

Keep the focus on the employer, listen to what their concerns are, ask questions from the perspective of the experience you have had in similar situations, and keep your consultant hat on asking “how can we work together to achieve the results you want?”

If you are stuck in your job process and not getting the interviews you want, or getting the results from the interviews, join my Career Strategy Group which meets every Tuesday morning at 9 am. Click here for more details.


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