That’s what an interview is, right? It’s a complete 60 minute show about you. The entire thing rotates around your storyline. Will you fit with this position? Will you fit with our culture? Are you the skilled enough? Are you the ‘right’ personality for the hiring manager.
It’s a complete 60 minute tell all that you really control. You can make it a sitcom, a drama, a horror show, crime show or a boring biography. It’s really your choice!
But in the one time any of truly has for a ‘You Show’ we allow employers to make it a ‘Them Show’. We allow them to run the show. Can you imagine going to a Broadway musical and you tell them what songs you want to hear! It doesn’t work that way.
“But you have to follow the employers interview structure!”
To a point. If you’re asked a question, you have answer it. Wait a minute. No you don’t! Do you know how many hundreds of thousands of questions I’ve asked in interviews over my career, where the candidate didn’t even come close to answering what I had asked!
Here the secret to getting and not getting a job all at the same time. Be the director of your You Show. Some employers will not like your show and will not make you a offer. That is okay, that is not an offer you would want anyway. In the long run you wouldn’t be happy. Some employers will love your You Show and want to extend your You Show to many more seasons. That’s the job you want.
That doesn’t mean you go into an interview with sweatpants and your “Just Legalize It!” t-shirt, because that is who you ‘truly’ are. You go into the interview the best version of yourself, not the worse version of yourself. Think date night, I really love this girl you. Trying to impress, but also not trying to be someone you are not.
The You Show, now playing at an interview near you.
Well stated. The best interviews I have are the ones where the candidate is asked one opening question, “tell me something about yourself” and they take it from there. By the time they are done I have only one or two more questions but I know who they are presenting themselves to be and whether or not that will fit with our company. It is so much better than the person who give one sentence answers to every question while staring at their hands.