You’re in your best clothes. You brushed your teeth… twice.
You have a stack of resumes with you. You know the interviewer.
You tell a great joke to the receptionist.
The entire office smiles and waves at you on your way to the interviewer’s office.
You’re greeted with a warm smile and enthusiastic “Hello!” by the interviewer.
You sit down into the most comfortable chair in the entire world.
You can’t possibly mess this up…
You feel good after the interview, but it takes two weeks to hear back.
You didn’t get the job.
How could that be? It’s probably because you weren’t specific enough.
You have to be SPECIFIC when answering interview questions!
Here’s why, If the interviewer asks you a question like, “How would you describe your leadership style?” And you say the word, “Disciplinarian.”
The interviewer doesn’t have any way to understand what “disciplinarian” means without context. The interviewer WILL jump to conclusions or ignore your answer.
Take a look at this graphic to see what we’re talking about.
However, if you were to answer “How would you describe your leadership style?” by giving specific examples and context, you would end up with an answer like this:
“I know how to instill a proper sense of discipline in those whom I’ve had the pleasure to lead throughout my career.
For example, I was promoted to a district manager position in my previous company. Before I took over, we had an abysmal reputation throughout the business for turning in work late. I installed several processes to hold everyone in the department responsible for their work.
As a result, we only turned in one assignment late through my 6 years in that position. It was an awesome team effort.”
Do you see the difference? We went from making the interviewer think we were crazy to knocking the question out of the park! We gave a specific answer with results!
Being specific is the single most important action to take in an interview. Don’t go into “TMI mode,” but make sure to do an awesome job proving value to the interviewer.