I’m a football fan.
Which means that this week I am up to my eyeballs in news, updates, and interviews.
Yes, I said interviews.
Now, you have probably never had a dozen microphones shoved in your face while you’re answering questions.
But while watching Belichick, Brady, Ryan, Edelman, and the rest of them, I can’t help but notice that they are professionals.
And even though doing an interview for the national media is very different from interviewing for a job, there are still three things we can learn as we put our best foot forward in our career.
Brady knows which questions he’ll be asked by the media.
You know which questions you’ll be asked by the interviewer.
Brady also knows which questions he wants to answer, and which ones he doesn’t.
For example, what does he think about politics?
Here is a clip of Tom Brady expertly dodging that question.
What do you say when asked about your salary requirements?
Well, first, remember that it will no longer be legal to ask you for your salary history in Massachusetts.
Here are two options:
Option 1 – “I’m confident that, if you and your company think I’m a good match, you’ll present me with an offer you feel comfortable with.”
Option 2 – “I appreciate that you’ve asked me this, but I’d prefer to learn more about your company and the position before I give you a salary range.” Or, “I’ll consider your strongest offer.” This isn’t an evasion tactic: it’s a smart move. It makes it clear that money is not the number one reason you’re interested in this position, and that you’re flexible enough to work with the company to come to a mutually beneficial agreement.
Option 3 – “I believe that when we get to the point that it’s a good match, you’ll make me a fair offer”.
Just like Brady, there’s no reason to be surprised. You know the questions are coming and you can be prepared for them.
2. Be authentic
Interviewers will try to throw you off your game.
They threw Brady a curveball, and watch how he handles it:
He gives you a glimpse into his personal world.
Then he quickly regains control of the interview.
Look, we all have personal stuff going on.
The way to be professional in your interviews it to acknowledge it, be real (but not reality TV!), and then bring the focus back to the job.
Know which questions will push your buttons and be prepared to answer them.
Make it a great one!