What are the "tricks" for college graduates to improve the chances of success in interviews?
To me, it’s actually the wrong question to ask. In fact, it’s even a dangerous question to ask. I say this because, in the long run, any type of focus and reliance on tricks is going to do more harm than help to your ability to achieve your career success. Career success isn’t the result of easy answers, short cuts, or clever tricks. It’s about having a solid understanding and approach to doing and achieving things.
Because here’s the reality. The better the employer, platform, and hiring manager you want to work for, the less likely your tricks are going to work. In fact, they’re likely to eliminate you from consideration in most cases. Because the best employers are going to immediately see through your tricks. They’re going to immediately know that you’re not solid. They’re successful for a reason. A big reason is because they have a lot experience in assessing and sorting out the really good talent from the pretenders.
For instance, if you were to interview with one of our industry-leading clients, whatever you tell them about your capabilities and achievements, they’re going to ask you to give them an example. They’re going to ask you how you learned to do what you say you can do. They’re going to ask you why you decided to do things the way you mentioned, and even why you didn’t do them another way. In fact, they’re going to keep asking you for more details until they’re 100% satisfied with your answer.
Another thing they’ll do is something called situational interviewing. They’re going to give you a scenario and ask you to tell them right there how you would handle the situation they’ve presented to you. There’s nowhere to hide. They can see your thought process in real time. If you try to bullshit them, they’ll see it immediately. Your only way to impress them is to give them an impressive, if not reasonable, answer. You have to been solid in what you know and what you can do to do this.
Or you can look at everything from another direction. Your tricks are only going to fool the bad and less desirable employers, not the really good ones. They’re going to work best in 2nd and 3rd tier employment situation. So if your clever tricks actually work in your interview, there’s a very good chance that the employer is not that good. You know, bullshit begets bullshit.
So don’t buy into and pursue an approach that values and seeks easy answers, short-cuts, and tricks. Otherwise, you’re only going to attract and get yourself into undesirable job and career situations. Trust me, I’ve met too many people who are frustrated and lost because they approached their career in this way early on.
So to anyone who is genuinely interested in achieving your career success, here’s the best advice I can give you. Pursue things in a solid way. Career success is an ongoing effort of building solid achievements and experience, developing solid skills and capabilities, and acquiring solid qualities that are highly valued by others.
Instead of asking about good tricks to know, do this. Focus on asking how and why questions. Develop your understanding of and approach to how success is achieved. Because at the end of the day, impressing top-tier employers in an interview is not about what to say. It’s about, what do you have to say?
Finally, the best thing you can do for your career success is this. Believe in and invest in your talent and potential. Believe in what’s unique and outstanding about you. And believe in your ability to achieve whatever success you seek. There are many roads and ways to achieve your career success. Whatever your situation, it may take more initiative, resourcefulness, and persistence on your part, but that’s how you capture more attractive opportunities and achieve greater career success.