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How to Slay Your Job Promotion Interview

Do you have a job interview for an internal promotion or a new role that's really going to help you accelerate your career? If you do - awesome - because today I'm going to give you my top three tips to help you make sure that that job interview is awesome.

In my last post, I told you about how you can get your promotion without ever having to apply or if you do have a formal application process, having them beg you to apply for that promotion that you've been dreaming of. If you haven't yet, go read that post first, and then come back here. But you came to this post, because you are preparing for your job promotion interview, maybe you were already in the formal process, and it was too late to do things by way. Or maybe your company does just have a really rigid process.

In any event, you have a job promotion interview, and you want to make sure that you slay it.

If you want to own that job interview, and you want to make that promotion, yours, I'm going to tell you how I've helped dozens of ambitious professionals just like you prepare for their promotion interview. In fact, these are the exact same strategies that I put into place when I was recruited for a senior leadership role. And they allowed me to totally flip the script. I interviewed them numerous times before I actually agreed to interview with them. And that's the position that you want to be in because that's what gets you the promotion, the job of your dreams and the paycheck that's going to match your aspirations. Do you want to do the same thing? If so, let's get into it.

Take control of the conversation

Now, I'm not advocating for you to be one of those jerks who just takes the conversation wherever they want it to go who don't actually answer any of the question and they kind of seem like they're bumbling nonsense.

You don't want to be that guy, that guy is not getting the job.

What I am saying is that as a candidate for the promotion, you have the opportunity, you need to generate enthusiasm and excitement for getting your butt in that seat. Trust me, this is way more fun than trying to figure out how to answer those boring interview questions, you're going to take it totally off the rails into a really juicy place where you're actually going to be able to have a really meaningful conversation.

And when you leave the room, they're going to remember you. No one remembers the person with the canned responses, they're going to remember the person who brought forward new ideas, new concepts and new solutions. And I'm not just saying this. I've interviewed literally hundreds of candidates, and every single one who gave me those boring canned responses, I literally did not remember probably 30 minutes after meeting them, no matter how long we talked for. Because here's the thing, average people give average interview answers. And exceptional people do not give average answers. And they do not have bland answers to interview questions. They create an experience and they excite the people in the room.

You don't have to have crazy charisma to do this. You just need to be able to steer the conversation into the direction that's going to showcase your greatest strengths and your potential.

Make their requirements exactly what you have to offer.

In the situation that I told you about just a few moments ago, where I actually interviewed the company, I didn't get the job that I wanted, I didn't get crazy compensation for it, because I happen to convince them that I was the right person for the job. I actually took the job and I made it something totally different. I made it into the job that I wanted.

Let's be clear, there is nothing sinister or malicious about this. This is about digging into what they actually need and helping them discover the help they really want.

In my case, I asked a million questions, we bounced around theories and ideas. It was not a one sided thing, I asked questions and we had deep and meaningful conversations around the answers. And I shared and best practices would shine a light on what they really needed for that opportunity. And honestly, I think that they answered about 100 questions for me before I actually agreed to interview for them. By the time that I agreed to interview for that role, the opportunity had actually shifted into something that was not only the perfect next step in my career, I was also the ideal, and basically only candidate that fit all the requirements for the opportunity. They already knew who I was, we were so far above and beyond answering any of those standard interview questions that we were able to totally stay out of it and interviewing was a breeze because they had already made their decision.

If you want the job promotion, you're not going to get it through a competition. You're going to get it through totally changing the goalpost and making it yours. And to think, most candidates go to a job interview without any questions at all...

Do you believe in yourself?