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How to Ace Your Next Job Interview



When it comes to job interviews, it's not just about having the right qualifications and experience - it's also about demonstrating your unique qualities and thought process. In this blog, we'll explore five tips for impressing potential employers and standing out from the crowd.


Show how you think

Employers don't just want to know if you have the right answer - they want to know how you arrived at that answer. When faced with a challenging question, don't be afraid to think out loud and show your reasoning skills. This will demonstrate your ability to approach problems logically and thoughtfully, which is a highly valued trait in many industries.


Give clues to who you are

Beyond your qualifications and experience, employers want to get a sense of your personality and values. Think of the interview as an opportunity to showcase your interests, hobbies and ideas. Mention books you're reading, hobbies you're exploring or any other little details that reflect who you are as a person. This will help the interviewer get a sense of your character and how you might fit into the company culture.


Share your unique cross-section

What sets you apart from other candidates? Is there a unique combination of skills or attributes that make you stand out? For example, you might be an engineer with exceptional communication skills or a financial advisor with a background in human psychology. Identifying and highlighting your unique cross-section of skills will help you stand out from other qualified candidates.


Tell stories that show your character

Don't just list your achievements - tell stories that demonstrate your character and values. Think back to times when you went above and beyond what was required, helped a team member or served as a mentor. Sharing these anecdotes will give the interviewer a better sense of who you are and what you can bring to the role.


Breathe before every question

When you're nervous, it's easy to rush through your answers or stumble over your words. Take a deep breath before answering each question to calm your nerves and give yourself a moment to gather your thoughts. This will help you show that you're confident and thoughtful, and will also give you time to provide a well-considered response.


In addition to these tips, it's important to remember that the interview is a two-way street. It's not just about the employer evaluating you - it's also an opportunity for you to evaluate the company and the role. Ask questions about the company culture, the responsibilities of the role and any other factors that are important to you.


After the interview, be sure to follow up with a thank-you email or letter to your interviewer. This will show your professionalism and reiterate your interest in the role.


In conclusion, demonstrating your unique qualities and thought process is just as important as having the right qualifications and experience in a job interview. By following these tips and being yourself, you can make a great impression on your potential employer and increase your chances of landing your dream job.


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Mark Westbrook - Zoom Speaking Coach

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