Ask ten different people for interview tips, and you'll likely get ten different answers. Even though they mean well, however, their advice might actually keep you from getting the job. The key to getting hired isn't paying attention to interview trends or memorizing the answers to predictable questions. If you want to nail the interview process, the most important thing you need to know is your Zone of Genius.

Your Zone of Genius consists of two data points: your Genius and your Purpose. Your Genius is the type of thinking that challenges you in the best way possible and keeps you engaged while you work. It's a way of working that you gravitate toward all the time, even if you're not aware of it. On the other hand, your Purpose is connected to the impact that most fulfills you. This is critical because it helps you figure out what motivates you.

When I work with my clients to figure out their Zone of Genius, I have them answer a few questions:

"When was the last time you were totally in the Zone at work? When did you last lose track of time because you were so engaged with what you were doing? What was the specific type of thinking that created that experience for you?"

To help them figure out their Purpose, I ask them:

"When was the last time you were helping someone and felt extremely fulfilled by the impact you were having? How is this example connected to your personal story? What are the challenges you have experienced in your life that relate to the way in which you were helping this person?"

Being able to identify these two data points about yourself is critical for not only letting yourself know what work is right for you but also for assessing a new opportunity in an interview. If you can speak with confidence as to why a potential position is right for you and tie it to your Zone of Genius, well then how could you not get the job?

Published on: May 1, 2017