A CEO who meets every new hire gives his best job interview advice

ModCloth CEO Matt KanessMatt KanessThe best candidates hit the ground running, according to ModCloth CEO Matt Kaness (pictured).

Job interviews are scary.

That being said, it’s not too hard to figure out how to survive them, especially as you gain professional experience.

But how do you truly rock a job interview?

According to Matt Kaness, the CEO of online vintage-style clothing retailer ModCloth, it doesn’t hurt to pretend like you already work at the company.

That doesn’t mean strolling in and acting like you own the place. It means you should get into the mindset of figuring out how your talents will benefit the organisation in a concrete way.

Kaness interviews every single new hire at the 350-person company (a process known within ModCloth as the “Matterview”).

Kaness described an experience with a candidate who was interviewing to join his company’s tech team. Much to his surprise, the person arrived at the interview with a brief that sketched out detailed suggestions on improving ModCloth’s app.

“This person saw ModCloth as a platform for them to do their best work and bring their craft to the table in a way that was additive,” Kaness says. “I loved seeing that initiative. I think anybody can do that, as far as… coming in with a thousand ideas.”

Kaness was especially impressed with the interviewee’s attitude, which was essentially “whether or not you hire me, you should go with these changes.”

So next time you have a job interview, consider brainstorming some concrete concepts beforehand. Even if all of your suggestions aren’t winners, it will show you’re both interested and hyper-prepared.

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