One of the most common reasons candidates get rejected after a job interview is that they don't provide enough relevant, tangible examples of what they've 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 specific concrete examples of the competencies listed on a job description—whether it is problem-solving, influencing, taking initiative, or managing change.
A lot of job seekers will give generic examples or just talk about what they've done—but without mentioning specific accomplishments. You could 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 a few tips to help you overcome any blocks you might have about talking about your achievements:
Discussing Accomplishments Isn't Bragging
One of the reasons candidates shy away from talking about their accomplishments is because they don't want to sound arrogant. However, the job interview isn't the time to be too humble. Talking about your accomplishments and using facts and numbers isn't bragging—it's telling a story.
You have to remember that a potential employer wants you to do well in an interview. They are literally looking for an excuse to give out the job! So, tell them what they need in a clear, factual manner.
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A great way to answer questions while highlighting your skills and accomplishments is by using the "Experience + Learn = Grow" model and/or the STAR technique (situation, task, action, result).
What was the situation/problem? How did you solve this problem/overcome this setback? What did you learn from this experience? How did you apply what you learned to your career?
These methods are particularly beneficial 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 Numbers To Your Advantage
Numbers are great for demonstrating your skills and expertise. Did you increase revenue, or save time/money? Did you improve a procedure and, if so, how much time did you save? How many clients did you win in your last job? Don't just tell the employer what the result was. Tell them how you got the result and what your decision-making process was.
Prepare several examples of quantifiable results for your next job interview and you'll significantly increase your chances of getting that job offer!
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Does it feel like some days you can’t seem to catch a break, and you just want to throw your hands up in the air? Stop, close your eyes, take a d-e-e-p breath, and count to 10. There will be good and better days and having a positive attitude will help get you through those difficult times.
Whether you believe in fate or luck, I believe everything happens for a reason. When something bad happens, I may not understand why, but know that the universe will take care of me, and everything will be ok. Sometimes it’s a matter of being able to put things into perspective.
3 Ways To Maintain A Positive Attitude When You're Feeling Stressed
Here are three things you can do when you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed:
1. Clear your head - take a walk around the block, play some music (and dance like nobody is watching), download a relaxation app like Calm, etc. Being able to take a time out and come back calmer will do wonders to energize your mindset.
2. Think of three (3) things you’re grateful for daily – your health, having a roof over your head, eating dinner together with your family, being able to pay it forward to someone who needed help, etc. There are others who probably had a worse day than you.
3. Talk to a friend who can give you a dose of optimism – get a perspective different than yours. That positivity can be contagious.
Life Is Like The Four Seasons
I was going through a tough time early in my career, and my mom told me that life was like the four seasons. When I was at my lowest (winter), it would get better (spring), and then I’ll hit a high (summer), which will eventually slow down (autumn). Although my mom has passed, I always remember her words of wisdom when I’m faced with that next winter.
Nothing lasts forever. I know that being determined and persistent will make me keep my eyes on the prize and that I’ll get through those tough times. You can too!
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