How to Rock an Interview: Put Yourself in the Interviewer’s Shoes

October 7, 2014

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In order to hit it out of the ballpark at your next interview, you have to understand the psychology behind it. And by that we mean: put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes. If you were the person hiring for this job, what would you be looking for? What kind of person would you want to hire? Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos tells his hiring managers to ask themselves these three questions during an interview:

1. Will you admire this person?

2. Will this person raise the average level of effectiveness of the group they’re entering?

3. Along what dimensions might this person be a superstar?

Those are some high expectations. And that’s just three examples of questions that are likely running through any hiring managers mind during any given interview. As the potential employee, you have to prove that you are not just a likable person, but a person who is worth looking up to. You need to illustrate that you’ll not only transition seamlessly into the team but that you will raise the bar. Lastly, you must show off an exceptional skill that will uniquely benefit the team and the company.

Quite the challenge, huh? Don’t beat yourself up too much. But putting yourself in the mind of the interviewer should help you up the ante in your next interview. Be that person who your interviewer is searching for. You have it in you — just be sure to show it.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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