Rule #1 – 90% of the hiring decision is based on your actual performance in the interview / hiring process. This is why games are always played. Most analyst could easily tell you who’s got the better team and who should win the game. Yet it’s the team with the most points on the board that day that wins it, and it’s not always the better team. It’s the team who played the best that day. The one who executed well, made fewer mistakes, had the better plan, and was better prepared.