One of the most common reasons candidates are rejected after a job interview is that they do not provide enough relevant and tangible examples of what they have done in their current/previous job that would be relevant to the position they are seeking.
When you’re looking for a new job, you need to provide concrete examples of the skills listed in the job description—whether it’s problem-solving, influencing, taking initiative, or managing change.
Many job seekers will give general examples or just talk about what they have done – but without mentioning specific achievements. You may be very good at your current job, but if you struggle to effectively demonstrate your expertise and value in a job interview, you may miss out on your next career opportunity.
Here are some tips to help you overcome any obstacles you have in talking about your achievements:
Discussing achievements is not bragging
One of the reasons candidates are reluctant to talk about their accomplishments is because they don’t want to sound arrogant. However, the job interview is not the time to be too modest. Talking about your achievements and using facts and figures isn’t bragging – it’s telling a story.
You need to remember that a potential employer wants you to do well in the interview. They are really looking for an excuse to give the job! So, tell them what they need clearly and factually.
Demonstrate how you overcome challenges
A great way to answer questions while highlighting your skills and achievements is using the “Experience + Learn = Grow” model and/or the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique.
What was the situation/problem? How did you solve this problem/overcome this failure? What did you learn from this experience? How did you apply what you learned to your career?
These methods are especially helpful when you’re answering behavioral interview questions that hiring managers ask to see if a candidate has enough self-awareness to know what they’re good at, and what skill sets need improvement.
Use the numbers to your advantage
Numbers are great for demonstrating your skills and expertise. Did you increase income, or save time/money? Did you improve a procedure, and if so, how much time did you save? How many clients did you get at your last job? Don’t just tell the employer what the result was. Tell them how you arrived at the result and what your decision-making process was.
Prepare several examples of quantifiable results for your next job interview and you will significantly increase your chances of getting that job offer!
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