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Mastering Job Interviews: Turning Conversations into Offers

Episode overview

Are you finding mastering job interviews challenging, feeling like just another face in the crowd or another resume in the stack? What if you could change that narrative and turn your interviews into impactful, memorable dialogues?

Introducing Matthew Sorenson, the game-changer in interview dynamics. With experience on both sides of the hiring process, Matthew possesses a unique skill set in coaching candidates to stand out and leave a lasting impression. In today’s episode, he joins Pete to divulge his expert strategies for transforming your interview experience into an opportunity to shine truly.

48 minutes

Tip for mastering job interviews

  • Conversations, not interviews: Shift the dynamic by making it a conversation. Don’t just answer questions, engage and offer insights. This sets you apart.
  • Understand their needs: Companies hire to solve problems. Show how you’re the solution. Emphasize what you can bring to address their challenges.
  • Prepare stories, not just answers: Share anecdotes showcasing your skills in action. This makes you memorable and demonstrates practicality.
  • Research and engagement: Understand the company beyond surface-level facts. Offer suggestions or insights during the interview that display your genuine interest and understanding.
  • Practice, practice, practice: Interviews are a skill. Practice answering common questions and work on turning it into a flowing conversation.
  • Create a connection: Strive to build rapport. People hire those they genuinely like and see as a good fit for the team.
  • Be solution-oriented: Frame your responses as solutions to the interviewer’s needs. Show you’re there to contribute, not just to get a job.
  • Focus on unique value: Highlight how you will stand out. What do you offer that others might not? Make it clear.
  • Engage post-interview: If possible, continue engagement post-interview. Follow up with something relevant and valuable, reinforcing your interest and expertise.

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About Pete Newsome

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Pete Newsome is the President and founder of zengig, which he created after spending two decades in staffing and recruiting. He’s also the founder of 4 Corner Resources, the nationally acclaimed and award-winning staffing and recruiting firm he started out of a home office in 2005. Pete’s primary mission back then was the same as it is today: to do business in a personal way; with a commitment to zengig becoming the most comprehensive source of expert advice, tools, and resources for career growth and happiness. When he’s not in the office or spending time with his family of six, you can find Pete sharing his career knowledge and expertise through public speaking, writing, and as the host of the Finding Career Zen & Hire Calling podcasts.