Great interview skills include being able to highlight your experience and strengths.
However, accomplishing this without sounding like you’re boasting can be challenging.
Your goal in an interview is to convince the interviewer that you’re competent and that you’re the right person for the job.
However, being too boastful is also a big turnoff for hiring managers.
Here’s how to walk this delicate balance and sharpen your interview skills.
Stick to the Facts
If you increased your sales by 23%, stick to that fact. Talk about how you did it in a systematic way.
If what you’ve done in the past is impressive, the facts will speak for themselves.
A candidate who achieves impressive results while being slightly modest is often more impressive than someone who’s full of themselves.
Be Assertive on Important Points
Be assertive on the most important requirements of the job description.
However, in any other area, don’t be afraid to back down and be a little more modest.
Nobody can be good at everything. Anyone who tries to sound like they’re great at everything is more likely to raise disbelief than garner respect.
A Weaknesses (or Two) is OK
One question that’s often asked in job interviews is,
“What do you think are your greatest strengths and your greatest weaknesses?”
Many interviewees try to answer this question in a way that doesn’t really shed any light on their real weaknesses.
However, a much better approach to this question is to be very honest with your weaknesses. However, your weaknesses should be in areas that are not in the core job description of the job you’re applying for.
For example, as a salesperson you are expected to show an increase in sales numbers. You can “brag” a lot more about your strengths and your results if you’re not afraid to mention that you are not as proficient in Excel as you would like to be.
Your strengths just seem more believable when offset by weaknesses.
Remember to have documentation available to backup the facts you present.
Focus on your strengths in the key areas of the job description.
Don’t be afraid to share a weakness or two as long as they are not a main job requirement.
By building rapport with the interviewer and implementing these interview skills, you’ll be able to share your strengths and experiences with great success!
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