A woman has branded herself a 'genius' after revealing the one question that she claimed resulted in 'the best interview of my life.'Liz Miller, who g
A woman has branded herself a ‘genius’ after revealing the one question that she claimed resulted in ‘the best interview of my life.’
Liz Miller, who goes by The Tech Sales Gal on TikTok, was undeterred after losing her job in the wave of tech layoffs earlier this year – and, within two weeks, had landed 11 interviews with eight companies, according to one of her posts.
The Boston-based tech salesperson declared she had a stroke of ‘genius’ at the top of one meeting in responding to the boilerplate-interview prompt of ‘tell me about yourself.’
Usually, Liz explained, she’d go through each company on her resume ‘one by one’ – but this time, she decided to mix it up and asked her interviewer what he’d be ‘”most interested in learning about me.”‘
Liz Miller, who goes by The Tech Sales Gal on TikTok, shared a ‘genius’ strategy she’d tried out in a job interview: asking her interviewer what he’d be ‘”most interested in learning about me”‘
She was undeterred after losing her job the wave of tech layoffs earlier this year – and, within two weeks, had landed 11 interviews with eight companies, according to one of her posts
The approach proved effective, with her interviewer admitting that he was especially keen on hearing about her ‘experience selling tools in the software development space’
‘I normally start with an introduction,’ she explained. ‘And I’m like, “Hi, I’m Liz, I’m born and raised in Southern California, I moved to Boston seven years ago, broke into tech sales five years ago.”
‘And then I kind of one by one go through each company on my resume. And because I’ve job hopped a lot, I feel like it opens the door for conversations I don’t want to have.
‘So I did something new today. And I said, “I am happy to share anything about myself during this interview. I do want to know though, what you’re most interested in learning about me,”‘ – reasoning that ‘it really varies from person to person and company to company.’
Continuing to recount the exchange, she added that she said: ‘And since we only have 30 minutes, I want to make sure I’m telling you what’s most important to you.’
The approach proved effective, with her interviewer admitting that he was especially keen on hearing about her ‘experience selling tools in the software development space.’
Liz then went on to steer the conversation toward the most relevant points of her professional background.
‘And then I never talked about the ugly points in my career or was even questioned about them because we were having such a rich conversation about what he wanted to talk about,’ she gushed of her newfound strategy.
She concluded: ‘I candidly think I’m a f***ing genius. I’m a f***ing genius.’
Commenters – including self-described recruiters, a hiring manager and even a job-seeker – heaped praise on the idea
Viewers piled into the comments section to heap praise onto the idea.
‘Not gonna lie my jaw dropped. That is a great way to put that. I would hire you immediately,’ offered one impressed commenter.
‘That response also low key highlighted your sales skills – like you said, exactly how you’d talk to a prospect before a demo!’ someone else observed.
‘Love this! Interviews should be more like conversations anyway, we’re interviewing them too,’ applauded someone else.
‘You are a genius and I hope they hire you!’ cheered someone else.
One even professed to have already put the advice into practice, writing, ‘I did this today!!!! The interviewer was so appreciative that I was concerned about getting to what she wanted to truly know. THANK YOU.’
Liz even got praise directly from multiple self-described recruiters and a hiring manager, with one writing: ‘Love this. Also as a recruiter, I’d rather frame my interviews this way so we spend time chatting about what actually matters vs a history lesson.’
Another one echoed, ‘As a recruiter, I love that. It implies you’re actually engaged, and not robotic. I would much rather it be an open convo. Good idea!’
And, as a third chimed in, ‘Talking through every job is boring as a hiring manager. I want to hear about what people are excited about for the role. Great approach.’