No one appreciates the small ideas. Put soap on a rope? Brilliant! Add frosting to Corn Flakes? GENIUS! Open up a Facebook marketing account to complement your other social media efforts? Outstanding!
Maybe this is being overstated. People do like the small ideas. What they like more, however, are big ideas. Big ideas cause big changes, and big changes means excitement. Adding a rope to soap does not make soap more exciting. Making soap out of recycled car battery parts would be exciting.
How this Relates to Job Interviews
Employers for job interviews, especially for leadership and management positions, are looking for applicants that have big ideas. They want to hire someone that is going to look at what they have and turn it into something better. Even if their previous manager ran the job extremely successfully, the company wants to hire someone that can run it even better. It is easy to come in and change nothing. It is much harder to find someone that has a plan, goals, vision, etc.
Using That to Your Advantage
One of the best ways to impress the employer at a job interview is to show them you have big ideas. Showing them that involves actually taking the time to plan out what you believe to be a successful plan for when you take over your leadership position. If you are taking over a job in sales, plan how you will run the sales department as soon as you get hired. If you are taking over a job in web development, show what you will do to increase sales rates on the website.
Once you have developed a strategy that you know will be effective, integrate it into your interview. You can wait until they ask you what you expect to do when/if you get hired, or you can integrate it into a question, asking something like “My thought is that once I start work I will quickly institute projects X, Y, and Z. Do you believe that will be a good fit for your company’s philosophy?”
Companies appreciate those that look ahead and have ideas for how to run their company better. Leadership and management jobs require you to have idea-making-ability. Show that you do by coming up with actual strategies for improving the company and you are going to make a much better impression.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Come up with a six month plan.