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4 great interview tips from The Lion King

Posted by: Rebecca Craighill
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Disney is full of life lessons, and none so more than The Lion King. While interview prep might not be the film’s main message, we’ve scrutinised it for top advice and tips (any excuse for a singalong movie night!). In celebration of the live action remake, here are 4 great interview tips from The Lion King.

“Be prepared”

Scar was misunderstood diabolical, but he appreciated that you need to be prepared. In his case, that meant working with a pack of hyenas to commit treason.

Unfortunately, that won’t really work for your big interview. But the message is the same – be prepared. We’ve spoken before about how to prepare for your interview. It’s about knowing your CV and key skills, engaging in active listening, and practising interview questions.

It’s vital to do your research as well. Visit the company website. Check out their social media channels. Research their industry.

Unfortunately, Scar forgot to factor in the sheer incompetence of his slobbering mangy stupid poachers hyenas. So he failed. He wasn’t as prepared as he made out. 

Know yourself and your potential employer inside and out. Make sure you’re as prepared as you can be for your interview and leave no stone unturned.

“You can either run from it or learn from it”

Rafiki – the wise Jackie Chan of the Disney-verse. Rafiki knew that the past can hurt and it doesn’t take much for it to get you down. You can either let your past failings get the better of you or (as Pumbaa would say) you can “put your behind in your past.”

Interviews are nerve-racking experiences. We don’t know anyone who hasn’t made a fool of themselves at one point or another. It’s tempting to carry those downfalls around with you. But if you let them they’ll take over your interview and fill you with nerves and negativity.

The other option is to learn from your mistakes. Were you caught out by a gap in your CV last year? Next time you go into interview, have the perfect explanation (maybe you were travelling or researching career options?). 

It’s ok to make mistakes. Choose to learn from them, rather than run away from them (they’ll always catch you!)

“Change is good”

We’re turning to Rafiki again for this age-old proverb. We could do a whole life lesson on Rafiki’s wise words, but we don’t want to rely too much on the musings of an elderly baboon. 

Starting a new career is a daunting prospect. Who’s to say that this new job (which looks amazing on paper) will be any more rewarding than the one you’re currently in?

If you’re stagnant in your current job, then change can be the very thing you need to brush yourself off and pick yourself up. 

Change doesn’t stop there. Haven’t had much interview success in the past? Time to change what you’re doing and freshen up your interview game with some more career tips.

“Hakuna Matata”

It means no worries for the rest of your days, right? 

We’ll add a disclaimer here that you should take Timon & Pumbaa’s philosophy with a pinch of salt. The “eat, sleep, repeat” lifestyle has its appeals. But you’ll need to be a little more proactive to land your dream job.

Still, it’s a useful idea to take into an interview.

It’s easy to feel like you’re being interrogated during an interview. But remember that you’re interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing you. Don’t spend all your time trying to make yourself fit into their line of thinking. 

If a job doesn’t seem like a good fit for you, then that’s ok. It’s not for you. Better to wait for the right one than to take on a role you’re not passionate about.

Did you stumble over your words or say something silly in your interview? Don’t get hung up on it. Everyone gets nervous and interviewers always make allowances for that. Try some of these top relaxation tips before you go in.

At Navartis we hold live recruiting sessions as part of our interview process. Prospective recruiters suddenly find themselves in the hot seat of a real candidate call. It’s nerve-racking. But as long as you’re prepared (thanks Scar!) your nerves won’t get the better of you. Trust us, the occasional stutter or awkward moment won’t ruin your chances. 

So you said “you too” when the interviewer said “drive safe”?

No worries. Hakuna Matata.


Further Reading

6 things not to say in an interview & what to say instead
5 ways to make a great over-the-phone first impression
6 essential interview questions you should always ask

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