Eminem On Interviewing

Remember the opening to that old Eminem song from 8 Mile?


If you had one shot, or one opportunity

To seize everything you ever wanted

One moment

Would you capture it or just let it slip?

His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy

There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti

He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready…..


Sound anything like your last interview? Hopefully you at least avoided the spaghetti vomit. Unfortunately there’s a good chance you had the same type of nerves he’s rapping about, but maybe without the calm and collected surface.

I’d like to think that’s not the case, and instead you went in cool and with poise, ready to share your story and take on the world. If not, a simple reminder can make all the difference.

You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you.

It’s easily forgotten, and worth repeating.

You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you.

Don’t forget that for a second, because it can drastically alter the dynamic of any interview you walk into.

You are not going on trial, but instead sitting down for a conversation. They need you as much as you need them, possibly more. The interview is a chance to explore if the job and company are a mutual great fit for both you and the employer, not a time to dread being thrown at the mercy of the court.

The interviewer is absolutely determining if you meet their needs, but you get to do the same. That balances the power scale more than most people realize. So take the time to absorb as much as you can about the company, the culture, the hiring manager, etc. Are they the right fit for YOU? Can you see yourself working with them? And do you want to?

While some interviewers do take a power-trip approach, that is the small minority versus the vast majority who are actively rooting for you to be a perfect fit. It is in their best interest for you to be awesome. They need to find someone who is! You don’t have to be cocky to have confidence that you are the right person for the job, so focus on sharing that while also determining if they are right for you. Interview the interviewer. Ask good questions that help you learn what they are all about and if you are aligned with each other’s needs. Don’t just ask the obligatory questions the internet suggests to make you sound impressive to them. You need to dig deep and ask about what matters to you.

I’ll touch more on specific questions and send strategy in another article, and you can always reach out to see how I can support you with one on one customized mentoring.

So back to that Eminem song. The oft missed final line of the song is, “You can do anything you set your mind to, man.” I whole-heartedly believe this, and know that it applies to your job search too. Do you? So will you capture it, or just let it slip?

Connect with me at Anthony@BrewedHope.com to share your feedback, thoughts, request a future topic, or to discuss how I can support your career goals through 1-1 mentoring.

Until Next Time,

Anthony Buchanan

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