And there are 3 questions you must master. When I coach C-level executives in transition we begin with these 3 potent questions:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why did you leave your job?
- Why should I hire you?
Question number 1 is a selling opportunity. Lead with your 3 strengths or elevator speech. Don't start with your job history. Briefly highlight your job history and accomplishments. Close the loop by saying, "And what I'm looking to do next is..."
Question number 2 must be clear, brief, and stated with confidence. If you give too many details or seem hesitant, the interviewer will seize the moment and drill down. Don't raise a red flag by defending your position. State the facts. "There was a restructuring and my job was eliminated."
Question number 3 is a final opportunity to sell your knowledge, skills, and abilities. Listen to their needs and demonstrate how your skills match the job description.
An interview is public speaking. These 3 questions are the core of every interview. Get ready to prepare, polish and present.