• Kwan Segal

3-steps to become a superstar in your future job interviews

About Me: Refusing to Settle

Although I had an MBA and over 10 years of solid work experience with international firms when I moved to America, many people said, "You might have to start from the bottom"—simply because I'm new to the country. I told them that I wanted to continue doing what I did when I was living in my home country. I didn't want to settle for less; I wanted to start my career in the U.S. by joining one of the Big 4 in Chicago. Only a few people put an effort to help —otherwise, I was on my own.

It was not easy, and it required a lot of perseverance! I kept applying to different jobs online for almost a year, only to receive many “automatic" decline responses. I made several revisions on my resume in order to make it fit the corporate American style, highlight my selling points, and get detected by their Applicant Tracking System (HR recruitment software).

One morning, my application finally went through and I got an invitation for the first round of an interview with the company that I had been hoping to work for. Absolutely, I felt a mix of emotions—although I was super happy, it was nerve-wracking at the same time. I knew I had only one chance to either impress or disappoint the recruiter. One thing was for sure: I would not lose this chance.

With a great deal of research and self-preparation, I passed all four stages of the interview. My first career in the U.S. was as a Senior Consultant with a six-figure salary at one of the Big 4; the firm said it received about 500,000 applications a year, and only about 3.5 percent (or 17,000) candidates were hired.

With Senior Professional HR certification and experience from within the industry and consulting firms, I have discovered what the recruiters from many top companies are looking for in a candidate. I've developed and improved a success-proven approach that has helped candidates prepare themselves strategically and win the job interviews they’ve been hoping for.

How I Can Help

You may have only one chance! Why risk doing it wrong? I will show you the three steps that will help you win the job that you dream of. Whatever job it is that you are hoping for, you will have a chance at it.

Below are 3 steps of the personalized career coach techniques and tools that I will use help you become successful in your job search:

Step 1: Strategize what you have on hand

First, we need to define your Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Fitness for the Organizational Culture.

I will strategize what you have on hand by analyzing contents from the job posting and filtering them by using our Selling Point Finder (SPF) tool. You will then be able to find out what keywords you need to highlight in your resume and your upcoming job interview.

This first step is to figure out the questions that you will be asked in the interview. For example, the key items that you should emphasize in your 90-second answer to “Tell me about yourself" can be found in the posting’s lists of job requirements. The job description will also be the key to technical skills questions. For example, when the job description says "Directs the daily activities of the assigned project team," the questions could be "What is your delegation style?" or "How do you monitor and review the delegated responsibilities?" By reviewing contents from the job posting and systematically categorizing them with our SPF tool, you will be able to identify keywords and potential questions for your upcoming job interview.

Step 2: Get to the point with your story

After you know what you will be asked, the next step is to prepare your story in a way that is strong and impactful. Keep the SPAR acronym in mind:

  • What was the Situation,

  • What were the Problems,

  • What Actions did you take, and

  • What were the Results?

My secret is to "Make the situation part juicy." Call your interviewer's attention with the pain point of the business, then showed them the discrete, most important actions that you took in order to resolve those issues. Don't be too tactical: you can go deeper into your methodologies when the interviewers ask to learn more. The goal is to be engaging, which will give you a much higher chance to get a job than simply reciting an endless list of facts.

Keep in mind what Maya Angelou once said: "People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel."

Finally, they will absolutely check to see if you will be a good fit to their corporate culture. Do the research about the firm and about your interviewer in order to give them some unique and personal reasons why you want to join their specific firm; prepare to share your point of view in a way that will engage your interviewer.

Step 3: Structure your thoughts; make what you say authentic and impactful

Steps 1 & 2 will give you the tools. However, in the real interview, your anxiety level might make you forget the things you’ve done to get ready for the interview—unless you’re well prepared. When I coach my clients, I will first build their confidence, as it is the most important tool for getting them into the door and helping them receive job offers. I will also provide direct feedback when I think their answers are not engaging and/or too vague. Sometimes, international candidates tend to be more humble than what American job recruiters are looking for; when we are, we may unwittingly reduce our credibility. I will help you identify any such words and phrases in order to help make your story strong, authentic, and impactful.

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