Having the technical skills required to get the interview is only half the battle. Employers are seeking candidates that have certain qualities they believe will make them great employees. Your ability to convey your life experiences and how those experiences will translate into filling the company’s needs during the interview is the key to landing the job.
Before you interview, you should prepare responses to queries such as:
- Describe work or life experiences that prepared you for this position.
- Tell me about your most significant career accomplishment.
- What can you bring to this job that no one else can?
- What do you hope to get out of this job?
- Describe a time when you had difficulty dealing with a coworker. What actions did you take and what was the outcome?
- Why did you leave your last position?
- What is your most significant strength/weakness? What have you done to address the weakness or leverage the strength?
Craft answers to these questions that focus on achievements you’ve made that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Use examples that highlight how your skills and experiences make you a good fit the job. Concentrate on describing the aspects of your career that make you a desirable employee for the company. Have your facts straight and be ready with specific information that backs up your claims.
Practice answering these types of questions until you can articulate your thoughts clearly and concisely. Your answers should be seem well thought out yet unrehearsed. Most of all, keep your statements positive and constructive and you will impress any prospective employer.