Your Big Three and Succeeding in an Interview

By Jay Forte

If you’ve taken the 3AboutMe Talent Assessment, you have successfully identified your Big Three – your three greatest strengths. Congrats! This insight into three of your natural strengths can prepare you to excel in any kind of interview.

And this insight, combined with the creation of your personal branding statement to narrow down your key strengths and passions, can set you apart in your interview.

Here are three tips to help you learn how to efficiently share what’s unique about you in any type of interview situation.

1. Select the 3 or 4 words that will be most meaningful in an interview, and be sure you share them in your interview.

You don’t need to reinvent the wheel here; these words can be the ones you used in your personal branding statement. Having those words readily available to you in an interview will help the conversation stay focused on why the opportunity is the right fit for you.

For example, let’s say you are interviewing for an internship or a job that will have you working on a team. You could listen for places in your interview to share that you are supportive, team-focused, reliable, loyal and hardworking – so, something like, “Let me share with you two places in my recent past where my reliability, team-focus and loyalty has made a difference.” Or, “I find my success is because I am supportive of my teammates and my personal standard for hard work – let me share what this looks like…”

2. Connect your words to activities that show your words in action.

Let’s say your words are analytical, practical and results-focused. To illustrate an example of your performance in an interview, you could state, “my analytical focus helped me create a shortcut to a process that saved the organization $X.” Or, “my focus on results helped me save 5% from the cost of delivery in just one month.”

3. Show how your talents and strengths will add value and make a difference in the role and organization.

The real purpose of an interview is to gather information, so by sharing how your core abilities will help lead to your success in the role and in the organization, you make it easy for the interviewer. For example, you could share that your supportive and cooperative nature helps you work with diverse teams. Or you could share that your detail-oriented, methodical and analytical strengths can help you to be efficient as well as effective in the role. Helping those who are hiring to quickly and easily understand what is best in you and how you will add value and make a difference will ultimately lead to your interview success.

Familiarizing yourself with your strengths helps you know and share what is strongest and best in you. Use them first to choose the work, school and life environments that need what you do best, then be sure to share your words in any interview or networking opportunity to show how you fit in a specific role or opportunity.

And remember: a select few people do this. It therefore gives you an edge.

Important Questions from a Coach

  1. Think back to a recent interview and reflect on how it went. Were you happy with the discussion? Were there things you wish you said?
  2. Regardless of the outcome of that interview, how can you ensure future opportunities – whether other interviews, employee reviews or networking opportunities – produce the outcome(s) you want?
  3. With the insights obtained from the 3AboutMe Talent Assessment, how will you continue to invest in yourself?

 

Be sure to share the 3AboutMe Talent Assessment with others.

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Building a Personal Branding Statement

By Jay Forte, Coach, Author, Educator

Having a personal branding statement can give you a competitive edge. This is because creating your personal branding statement is the result of self-awareness. You know and understand your greatest strengths and you’re concisely sharing that information with others. Not only will this help you in interviews and with networking, it will also help you see what areas in work and life fit you best.

So, what exactly is a personal branding statement?

A personal branding statement clearly and concisely shares your talents, strengths, passions and interests. It’s a snapshot of who you are, a summary of your Forte Factor.

An approach I’ve found to be particularly successful in creating your personal branding statement leverages this format:

I am a (strength), (strength) and (strength) person who loves (passion), (passion) and (passion). As a/an (identity) and (identity), I (verb), (verb) and (verb) to/for (a particular goal).

Here are three examples using that format:

I am a detail-oriented, logical and curious person who loves to solve problems and challenges to improve results. As an avid team player and athlete, I work as I train – to win, to succeed and be the best.

I am an optimistic, thoughtful and responsive person who loves to find ways to inspire and engage others. As a great connector, I tune in, listen and care about what people have to say so I can help them succeed in work and life.

I am a confident, courageous and assertive person who loves to do deals and make money. As a strategic entrepreneur, I search out opportunities to invent value and grow results.

 

Remember to keep it short, keep it clear and keep it focused on what is great, right and unique about you.

My advice: practice your personal branding statement so you can deliver it professionally and easily – without notes.

Never miss an opportunity to share your Forte Factor with others.

 

Ready for the next step? Learn how to succeed in any interview by using your Big Three.

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