Let us be honest – everyone gets nervous on their job interviews! Some more and some less, but if you care about the job you are applying to, nerves tend to get the best of you. In those stressful situations it can be difficult to show yourself in the best possible light and not to leave the conversation feeling like you could’ve said something more. But, regardless of the questions and the positions you are applying to, there are some things your interviewers should definitely know about you. Take a look at the list below and think of the ways to incorporate this info in your answers. Make it some natural, and not so well rehearsed, but even if it doesn’t come off that way don’t worry, the important thing is that they hear what you have to say.
1. Your signature good trait
There is one good thing about you that everyone that has worked with you will surely confirm. If you are not sure what it is, ask you colleagues and superiors. Then, come up with a few good examples when you have shown that particular quality. It can be patience, emotional intelligence, your organizational skills or your good spirits. Make sure that you embody that quality and use examples that show it off. Don’t oversell yourself by saying you are superior in a lot of things, but make sure that you can always give examples of that one good trait no one can deny.
2. Genuine reason for leaving your previous job
For reasons in regards to the ley and to dealing in good faith, you will never be able to tell the full story of why are you looking for a change. But, even if you are unable to share the particulars, you can still give a genuine reason. If you are leaving because you have a difficult boss, don’t say that you are just looking for a challenge. And vice versa. Speak in generals and explain that perhaps the reason just lies in personalities that don’t work well together, rather than placing blame on someone you can’t name. And even when you can’t say barely anything, don’t come up with a completely untrue reason. That way your interviewers will have the wrong idea about what motivates you.
3. Sincere motivation for this new position
There is always more than one reason for a change, but one is usually the dominant one. Just like in the previous example, your new employers deserve to know your true motivation. If you say that money isn’t important, you can’t expect a big increase in pay. If you don’t mention the flexible working hours, they won’t see the importance of that benefit. In case that you are looking for a different job description, make sure to mention what it is that you will be satisfied with. This also eases the negotiations in case the initial offer can use some improvement.
4. One bad thing you are working on
When someone asks what are your flaws, or have you ever received a negative feedback, and you can’t really say anything or give an example, you aren’t showing that you are perfect. You are showing that you are not self-aware at all. It is always a plus when you know yourself and what can you work on, and your interviewers will appreciate it. Always include how are you working on improving that, and you will get bonus points!
5. A unique story that will make you stand out
Everyone wants to be noticed and remembered, and that is not always easy to do when there are tens of people lining up before and after you. So, what makes you special? Make sure to include a very specific, detailed and unique story that shows you in a good light, and is perhaps a bit interesting, funny, relatable. Stories make people remember easier, and having one that leaves a good impression will help you make a better impact.