Can any interview tips be picked up by watching the ongoing presidential race? One way to watch the debates and speeches is to see the candidates as interviewing for the job of President of the United States with the voters as hiring managers. Winning the vote depends on impressing the audience, not only based on one’s personal qualities, but on fitness for the job as well. U.S. News and World Report outlines several interview strategies to watch for as the race develops. Their list of five tips includes:
- “Your back story matters.” Candidates all speak a consistent narrative of who they are and why it prepares them for the job. Every employment interview also requires a short description of who the candidate is as a person, and why the particular job will suit their qualities.
- “Perfect your sound bites.” Political candidates all have an arsenal of one-liners to pull out when the situation arises. A successful job interview also depends on preparing the best lines.
- “Know your audience.” Hiring managers are looking for certain qualities in an interview that make a candidate a good fit for the position. Just like every crowd is different in politics, every distinct employer looks at a resume from a different angle.
- “Develop your brand.” A great candidate in both politics and the workforce has a “crystalized sense of self” —knowing who he or she is as a product, and what qualities they will bring to the job.
- “Kissing babies is optional, but shaking hands is not.” Politicians seem to know the right time to bring in their personal side. Many employers will hire a candidate based on their personal connections rather than a perfect resume.
When impressing a hiring manager, think like a political candidate. You need the hiring manager’s vote like a presidential candidate needs yours. For more tips on preparing for your next interview, contact us.