EP 749 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the basics of how to prepare for a final interview.

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I've done lots of videos about 1st and 2nd round interviews; today I want to do a show about final interviews. In many respects final interviews a very easy AND there is a certain amount of pressure because you know you're competing with someone else, despite the fact that you are being told, "You're meeting with the director," or "You're meeting with the SVP. This is a formality." This is not a formality. I can't tell you the number of times the people said stupid things at the final interview and cause themselves opportunities.

The 1st thing I want to remind you of is THIS IS NOT A FORMALITY. This is a real interview where you can screw things up AND you need to win it.

The 2 basic things I encourage people to do is (1) relax. Be a leader in the meeting. Be self-confident. It is all about attitude. My philosophy is that 1 of the things that firms are looking for is someone else can inspire confidence that they are a solution. That's really about how you carry yourself and how you present yourself and your ideas. That's your presence. That step number 1.

Tip number 2 is to tell your story so it is congruent with what you said the previous times that you been there. I should go without saying, but it has to be said.

The final thing is having some good questions to ask. You or meeting someone a level up from your boss and they don't want to ever hear you name, except if it is review time. After all, if they your you name any time other than that, normally it's because you screwed up and there's a problem. Your job is to do nothing that's going to screw up and, if anything, inspire. A lot of that is demonstrated with intelligent questions.

One question to ask when he or she says, "So, do you have any questions for me," is, "What would you expect me to do over the 1st 90 days when I get on board? What problems will I need to address? What can I take off of everyone's plate that is going to allow me to hit the ground running?" Normally they will then talk about what their expectations are of you as you join. It's really a time when you want them to talk about getting settled into their environment getting acclimated to working with people there in a couple of basic tasks.

Here's the big one. I mentioned this in previous videos and podcasts, and this is the perfect time to ask. " It's a year from now and we are at review time. It's a year from now, 6 months from now whenever it is the organization has said it's going to be doing reviews. And I have just done a good job, I've done a spectacular job. As a matter of fact the job is done is amongst the best that you've ever seen. What what I've accomplished during that year that would cause you to write that review?"

This does a few things. The 1st thing it does is give you an idea as to whether they are going to be realistic with you. These are going to be performance measures that they are going to use to assess you and whether you are extraordinary or just average. The 2nd thing is that it does is give them the idea that you are thinking about being extraordinary which is a subtle thing when you're competing with other individuals who will be basically saying things like, "Tell me about the job. I want to know about the job." They've already heard it at least once or twice before. They are not going to say anything different. If anything, that is too boring a question. Talk about what you might've accomplished during the 1st year you're on board that would cause them to write a review that you are the best person that ever seen in this role or amongst the best goes a long way toward helping you stand.

Again, attitude, preparation, great questions... That's how you with the final interview.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching.

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