Thinking Big Picture in a Job Interview

It’s so easy to get mired in the depths of a job description, focused on the intricate details of the day-to-day expectations. But, during a job interview, employers want you to show you can think bigger about their business. Here’s how:

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Video Transcript for “Thinking Big Picture in a Job Interview”

Brian Clapp, Director of Content: In the job interview process, there are little things you need to be focused on and there are really big things. Most people forget about the big things and only focus on the little details. The little things are the expected, it’s how you match up against the job description – can you do this task, tell me a time when you did this task, tell me a time when you failed doing this task…have you heard these kind of questions before?

think big picture during a job interview

Find opportunities during your job interview to show you think big about the entire business, not just your specific role

Those are the little things, and you need to know them like the back of your hand. Your skill set, what you have done, when you have failed…and how to explain it all in great detail. That’s your basic job interview, right?

But, where many people fail is when they don’t show they can think about the bigger goals of the business.

Every business survives on making money and generating revenue, it’s a fact. What you need to be able to show an employer, is how you can think bigger than just the tasks you are assigned, that you can think toward the bigger business. If you can explain how your job and your role can influence revenue, you are ahead of the crowd.

If you are interviewing for a job with a sports team – it’s about selling tickets, it’s about selling advertising, it’s about broadcast deals and marketing deals – that’s how revenue comes in. So think about that before you go into the interview. How can this job that I am interviewing for affect the bottom line – because that is going to show the person interviewing you that you think bigger about the whole business and that can be an important differentiator.

About Brian Clapp

Brian Clapp has worked in the sports media for over 14 years as a writer, editor, producer & news director. After beginning his career in Atlanta at CNN/Sports Illustrated, he switched coasts to Seattle to work at Fox Sports Northwest. In 2010, Brian began pursuing a new found passion on the digital media side, launching a successful website and then taking on the role of Director of Content for &

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  1. Mark Sanders says

    I think part of the fear comes from not knowing the other candidates; not knowing what you’re up against. You entered the marathon but what if Mo Farah’s in the race? I think there’s only one way to approach a job interview. You must go with the attitude that if there IS a better candidate than you, he/she is going to have to be pretty darned good to beat someone as good as you. The preparation you do should instil that belief. Most candidates don’t prepare at all. You can succeed in your job interviews, you need only a bit of preparation!

    • Good stuff Mark thanks for reading/watching – I would add, if people don’t prepare for a job interview, they only have themselves to blame for their failure. I couldn’t imagine going into a game without knowing my playbook, taking a test without studying or climbing a mountain without training….and then being surprised by my pitiful results. Every individual has to personally own how they achieve success or how they fail. – Brian

  2. I think too, when speaking big picture in an interview – because sports teams run lean behind the scenes – it is as important to show that you can contribute to the success of others’ roles, without in fact performing or overtaking those roles. Ask about the structure of the roles/teams around yours, not just those you will work with on a day-to-day basis. Be prepared to speak to how you can contribute to their success, collaborate, and partner with them – while still accomplishing the goals in your immediate range. With lean teams, the ability to get along and culture becomes so critical to the process, if you show that you care about success outside of your direct influence it will go a long way toward showing that you are a “team player” – pardon the pun.