Often I am asked how am I  able to find jobs and get hired so quickly. I have had quite a few.  Not just a mediocre job, but tech jobs with reputable companies, paying quite well.  I’d like to attribute it to my good looks but I know that’s only a fraction of the equation.

My peers have labeled me  as “The Interview Strategist”.  A title I have learned to embrace but not without self resistance.

There are three core principles that my clients and I have used to be successful at interviewing. I refer to it as ‘CAP’ing your knowledge. Know what you know and own it.  Here’s how you can ensure success in your next interview.

Be ‘Confident ‘in what you know

‘Confident’ is often overused, but its a key factor that must be considered when you have to speak before someone who is measuring you up.  In every interview go in with a strong poker face.  Even if you don’t  know the answer to the question, don’t let them see you sweat.  How can you be more confident when interviewing? Ensure you’re fully prepared.  Know the details of the position and how your skills and experience will bring immediate value to the team.

​Don’t be afraid to ‘Assert’ what you know

Some say don’t be too cocky.  I agree to a certain degree.  Asserting what you know is not being afraid to speak it. You can have all the confidence in the world but if you’re afraid to let it show, the interviewer will never know how great you are.   If you’re asked about a project that you’ve worked on in the past, be passionate about it. Take it and own it.  Be proud of your contribution.  No one else can toot your horn louder than  you.  And let’s admit it, we feel good when we’re able to talk about ourselves.  It’s the best form of flattery.

Develop your ‘Personality’ to compliment what you know

​Now that you have all of this confidence and are comfortable with assertiveness, you have to be careful not to be viewed as being an ass.   You must balance the two by killing them with personality.  You know the saying, “it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it”.  Find your unique style and work it!  A smile here.  A question about the interviewer there.  It’s all about making the interviewer feel comfortable and having the sense that you’re engaged.

As you go for your next interview, remember to “C.A.P.”  your knowledge.  With these three things I’m sure you’ll walk away a winner.

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