One of the most common reasons candidates are rejected after an interview is because they don’t provide enough relevant, tangible examples of what they did 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 specific concrete examples of the competencies listed in the job description – whether it’s problem solving, influencing, taking initiative or managing change.
Many job seekers will give general examples or simply talk about what they have done without mentioning specific achievements. You could be doing very well in your current job, but if you struggle to demonstrate your experience and value in an interview, you could be missing out on your next career opportunity.
Here are some tips to help you overcome any obstacles to talking about your accomplishments:
Discussing accomplishments is not bragging rights
One of the reasons candidates shy away from talking about their accomplishments is because they don’t want to sound arrogant. However, the interview is not the time to be too modest. Talk about your achievements and using facts and figures isn’t bragging—it’s telling a story.
You must remember that the potential employer wants you to do well in the interview. They are literally looking for a reason to turn in the work! So, tell them what they need in a clear, factual way.
Demonstrate how you overcome challenges
A great way to answer questions while highlighting your skills and accomplishments is to use the Experience + Learning = Growth model and/or the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique.
What was the situation/problem? How did you solve this problem/overcome this setback? What did you learn from this experience? How have you applied what you learned in your career?
These techniques are especially useful when you are responding behavioral interview questions that hiring managers ask to know if a candidate has enough self-awareness to know what they are good at and what skill sets need improvement.
Use the numbers to your advantage
Numbers are great for showing off your skills and experience. Did you increase your profits or save time/money? Did you improve the procedure and if so, how much time did you save? How many clients did you win at your last job? Don’t just tell the employer what the result was. Tell them how you arrived at the result and what the decision-making process was.
Prepare some examples quantifiable results for your next interview and you’ll greatly increase your chances of getting that offer!
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