Job Interview Wisdom: Be The Solution

By: Devin Riggs, Regular Contributor

I have a job interview in two days.

I won’t lie to you. I’m nervous. I’m anxious. I’m excited.

It’s a big deal. I really want this job, because I haven’t had much luck lately. I’ve gone through a lot of interviews in the last year or so without a lot of success. I’ve struggled to stay motivated and upbeat about the job search. It’s hard when you’re getting so much rejection in a crowded work force that never seems to have enough jobs for everyone who needs one.

Interviews can be intimidating. They can be nerve wracking and exhausting. You have to present yourself a certain way. You have to explain, in detail, in a very short amount of time why you deserve this job filled with so much responsibility. You have to be on point and tick off everything on their checklist. And if you’re anything like me, one small misstep can haunt you as you wait for their decision.

Recently I came across a quote on Tumblr from actress Natalie Dormer on how she approaches auditions.

She says, “You should always bear in mind when you’re walking into an audition room that the writer and the director, they have a problem. They have a problem that they need to be solved: They don’t know who is gonna play this role. You want to be the solution to their problem. That’s what you’re aiming for. That’s what they’re aiming for. Don’t walk into a room thinking that you’re going to hit a wall of negativity straight away. Everyone in that room wants you to be the answer.”

Everyone in that room wants you to be the answer.

They want someone to fill this role. They need someone to solve their problem.

Isn’t that a beautiful way to approach any interview? To come in believing that they are rooting for you to do well?

I can feel the stress lifting already.


Interviewers, whether they’re supervisors, principals, administrators, managers, or CEOs, they want you to shine. They want to see your potential. They want to say, “You’re the person we’ve been looking for.” They want you to nail it.

You’re all on the same team.

Start rooting for yourself.

It’s okay to be nervous. It’s okay if you need to pause and think about a question before answering. It’s okay to ask for clarification. It proves that you want to be the solution just as much as they want you to be the solution.

Prepping is important. Be ready. Be confident in the qualities and skills you can bring to the position. Take deep breaths. Be specific. Stay on topic. Show them you are the solution to their problem. Because they sure hope that you are.

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About Devin

riggs.jpgDevin has a degree in education with a focus in English. She is working to publish her first collection of poetry while also learning the art of patience. Her passions include Doctor Who, penguins, hats and scarves, potatoes, dancing, photography, and making people happy. She believes in the healing powers of music, spending time in the great outdoors, and a good night sleep.



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