When it comes to job hiring, recruiters are looking for candidates who can give them the answer to the question “why should you get hired?” This means that they are looking for a set of skills that makes a candidate standout. In an ever competitive job market, it’s definitely important that you don’t just get noticed. It’s more crucial that you stand out.
Do you possess the skills that hiring managers and recruiters are looking for? Do you have what it takes to stand out as the best candidate for the job? Read on and learn what other skills are needed to ace that interview and land your dream career!
Regardless of the industry or nature of the job, your skills in communication is one of the things that companies and hiring managers will be looking at. Needless to say, employers need employees who can easily understand what is expected of them. They should also be able to express themselves clearly as this will help ensure their job productivity.
There may also be times when you would be required to speak to clients in written or spoken language. So before you start applying for jobs, be sure to polish your communication skills.
Abilities like problem-solving is another one of the important job skills recruiters want to see on their candidates’ resumes. They’re looking for jobseekers who can troubleshoot and solve problems independently.
Besides indicating this in your resume, be sure to highlight this skill during your interview by citing an example from your previous jobs where you’ve been able to exhibit problem solving skills. Recall a time when you’ve identified a problem and devised a solution that resolved the issue.
No matter the size of the company, you will always have to deal and work with people. This is where the skill as a team player comes in. Even if you are the only one assigned in a specific task or role, you’ll still have to deal with others in one way or another. Your ability to work well with others can help ease the tackling of the workload and responsibilities. You will also have to learn how to take instructions from others.
Therefore, when applying for a job, it’s imperative that hiring managers see that you can efficiently work with other employees as this will impact the overall productivity of the company.
Whether or not you’re applying for a leadership position, it’s going to impress the hiring managers if you can exhibit skills of a leader. Leadership skills does not only apply to when you have subordinates reporting to you because even if you’re just an ordinary employee, there are several ways to exemplify what it means to be a leader.
The mere fact that you’re able to set a good example in getting things done before the deadline or being able to inspire or influence others to do better at their jobs is already a perfect embodiment leadership skills.
Have you ever said something in an interview that got you into trouble?
Maybe you didn’t even realize you said something wrong. Yet, suddenly, your interviewer seems a lot less interested in you, maybe even unhappy.
And, it looks like whatever you said, your chances at this job just went down the drain.
Well, even if you were just worried about that happening, here is a sample of the most common mistakes that you should absolutely avoid in your next interview:
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Mistake 1. Length
The perfect interview answer should last between 20 seconds and two minutes.
That means, you should basically never answer a question with a simple yes or no. You need to share the critical details and should provide a thorough answer as required.
But you don’t want to tell your life story. When you feel like you’ve shared the highlights, cut yourself off.
If you feel compelled to share more, you can offer the information, “If you’d like I can also describe…” but don’t be surprised if the interviewer turns you down.
Too long an answer, and the interview will just tune you out.
Not to worry.
If you’ve crafted your answers the right way, these time constraints are very manageable.
Mistake 2. Not answering the interview question.
Now, some people think they are politicians and “cleverly” avoid giving a straight answer (sleazy). More often, you may just be a bit confused about what the interviewer is asking.
If you aren’t 100% sure, ask for clarification. Repeat the question back in your own words.
And, if you still don’t know whether you answered the question, at the end of your response, say to the interviewer:
“I’m not sure whether my answer fully answered your question. Was there a piece of it, I left off?”
Note: The best job seekers also know the interviewer’s goal in asking a question.
They answer both the question asked and the interviewer’s unsaid concern. This comes from their preparing the right way for the interview.
Mistake 3. Speaking before thinking
You will likely face an interview question that you’re not ready for. Whether you sink or swim, depends on how you respond.
First, get your feet under you. Otherwise, you may use lots of “Ums” and “Likes.” And, your answer may lack direction or miss the question entirely.
Pause. Take a breath. If you want, say, “That’s a really good question, let me take a few moments to gather my thoughts.” If you’re still not sure how to tackle it, break it down into pieces.
Start by answering what you feel most confident about and go from there.
Mistake 4. Providing generic answers.
A good answer gives vivid examples. An okay answer at least references yourself and the organization.
A generic answer sounds like you had a list of canned responses, played Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, and pulled out wherever your finger landed. Generic answers include, “I’m a team player,” or “I’m really excited about the work you do here.”
To avoid this mistake, you just need to prepare the right way. Gather the key facts about the organization and craft answers that describe yourself effectively.
Mistake 5: Not creating a conversation
An interview is in large part about establishing a relationship between you and your interviewers. That means you need to feel confident enough to be yourself and ask questions.
If it seems like they’re just shooting questions at you on the hot seat, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice.
So, when you have a question pop up during the conversation, ask it.
If they ask you, “what’s the most challenging project you faced?” at the end of your answer, you can follow up with, “what are the kinds of challenges that people here encounter?”
A good interview splits the air time 50/50 between the interviewer and the interviewee.
There are some questions for you to ask that are highly effective for the beginning of your interview. Others that are better for the end. They aren’t covered here, though are inside the Interview Success Formula™ program.
This program also covers the information you need to get inside the interviewer’s head, so you can deliver answers that get at what the interviewer really wants to know.
And it will help you articulate your best qualities and stories, so you don’t have to worry about delivering generic answers.
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P.S. These mistakes are definitely worth avoiding. Please take note of them, and respond accordingly.
P.P.S. More helpful tips will be coming tomorrow too.
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Nearly 80% of employers do an online search for potential candidates. What will they learn about you?
You always dress the part in live interviews. Let’s make sure your online presence matches up. And, puts your best foot forward.
The place to start is with LinkedIn.
This tool offers you individual sections to highlight past accomplishments. It provides employers with a secondary source to verify your skills and identity after your paper resume.
And it gives you more:
It enables you to list verifiable recommendations from past work colleagues.
It allows your peers to endorse you for certain skills.
It helps you link to outside resources like papers you’ve published and presentations you’ve given,.
It can show that you are connected to leaders and insiders in the space.
It can show you are part of associations and groups that focus on topics these employers care about.
Plus it enables you to create a profile of skills and experiences on that website that 97% of recruiters use to find job candidates.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, take just a couple of hours to create one. Setting up a basic profile can be done fast. You sign up, enter information about yourself from your resume, and post a professional looking picture.
From there, start reaching out to family, friends and past coworkers so you have a full and active network of connections.
Now, you’ve created a basic profile that at least covers the basics. You’ve set up a jumping off point to build relationships.
This profile can help you not just land jobs. It can help you learn about coworkers, build relationships with potential clients and partners and capture value in a number of other ways.
In the coming days, you’ll learn more about how to polish this profile up so you stand out from the crowd and how you can use social media to proactively help you land jobs.
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Whether it’s a phone screen, the final round, or another type of interview, make sure you adapt. Learn how. Here are 8 types of interviews to look out for.
In this article, I will define these for you, help you understand what to expect in each, and make your presentation sharper with valuable tips.
The Telephone Screening
This is the preliminary interview. Your telephone screen will enable an employer to quickly identify whether you meet basic criteria. Often, these interviews are run by human resources.
This screeing can focus on your motivations and resume, and your understanding of the job and organization. You probably have less than thirty minutes to prove your case.
Phone Screening Tip:
Before this interview, make sure you can articulate the key experiences and skills on your resume that make you a good fit for this job. Have your resume in front of you for this open-book test. (Find out other situations where you will experience a phone interview.)
The Live Screening
Like the phone screen, this is an initial interview to evaluate your professional style and the accuracy of your resume. This interview is again often run by human resources or someone besides the final decision maker.
There is a critical exception. Occasionally, these live screens turn into a final multi-round interview: “Oh, while you’re here, let me introduce you to…”
Live Screening Tip:
Because of this potential surprise, you’ll have to be ready with the full gamut of preparation. Otherwise, you may end up in a meeting with the decision maker and be caught off guard. Even if you end up over prepared, your work will help you in a later selection interview.
The selection interview is the real deal. You’ll likely be meeting with several different types of people including the hiring manager, prospective team members, and a representative from human resources or management. Expect in-depth questions on your job qualifications and for this interview to last up to several hours.
In this interview, you will not only be judged by the quality of your answers. You will also be evaluated based on your ability to work well with other team members. Make sure you have powerful examples to prove your skills and establish rapport with everyone by being friendly, asking questions, and showing some personality.
Work Sample Interview
For these interviews, you will be asked to demonstrate specific job skills. In design fields, journalism and a few others, will share your portfolio of past work. In other, more business focused fields, you may be given a sample case then be given some time to prepare, and give a presentation of your related work.
Work Sample Tip:
Review your portfolio to make sure that it’s up to date. Practice presenting material until it runs smoothly. If you can, ask others in the field for feedback before the real event.
Peer Group Interview
In this more informal meeting, your potential peers want to evaluate how well you fit in. This interview may be held at the conference room, at a cocktail reception for potential candidates or at the lunch table.
Peer Group Tip:
Turn on your best charm without being phony. Smile and show enthusiasm. Talk about things that get you excited. Ask questions. Seek out similar interests between you and your interviewers. Do your best to remember individual names and use those names over the course of the conversation.
The Panel (or Group) Interview:
In a panel interview, three or more people will ask you questions on your qualifications and evaluate how you fit in. This is sometimes called a group interview, though group interviews may also mean multiple candidates in the same room at the same time. If you aren’t sure which one you will face, just ask.
These interviews are not that different from the others you experienced.
Direct each answer to the person who asked that question, but try to maintain eye contact with all group members. Also, ask questions of the various group members. Be sure to send each of them a separate thank you note -so ask for individual business cards. (Get more advice on the panel interview.)
The Stress Interview
No your interview is not always so mean. That person is intentionally asking you questions that make you uncomfortable. The purpose of this interview is test of how you will handle stress on the job. These interviews are more common for high pressure jobs with pushy clients.
Stress Interview Tip:
Don’t take anything personally. Recognize that you are just being tested. Maintain your calm and take your time answering questions. (Learn more about preparing for stress interviews.)
To reduce the costs of travel, many organizations have started using video interviews. While some will use an automated virtual interviewer, more often these interviews are hosted by a live person seated on the far side of a webcam. They are sometimes used as a replacement for both the screening interview and the final selection interview.
It may feel a little uncomfortable for you to speak with a webcam. Do a couple practice runs so that you realize how the experience is different from a live interview. For instance nearly any hand gestures can be distracting, and if you look at the person on screen instead of looking at the camera, you won’t make eye contact. (Get more insights on preparing for virtual job interviews.)
Which of these interview types will you face?
The type of interview you will encounter does not have to be a mystery. During the scheduling process, simply ask the coordinator what type of interview you can expect. That way, you focus your preparation accordingly.
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