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5 Interview Secrets That Will Help You Beat The Competition

5 Interview Secrets That Will Help You Beat The Competition

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A lot of job seekers worry about how other candidates are performing in job interviews. However, if you are too concerned about your competition, it can affect your own performance. After all, there is no point worrying about stuff you have no control over. You can only focus on doing your best.

Related: Tackling The ‘Tell Me About Yourself’ Interview Question

Having said that, here are some of my top interview secrets on how to be more confident in a job interview and stop worrying about your competitors.

1. Focus on your unique abilities.

We all have something we are really good at, and this is what you need to focus during a job interview.

Whether it is your strong analytical skills, ability to win clients, or experience in running marketing campaigns across various countries, focus on what you bring to the job and always back up your answers with examples.

2. Provide specific and tangible examples.

Most people have mediocre resume that doesn’t show recruiters why they are a strong candidate. The way to avoid that is to provide specific tangible examples of what you’ve achieved in the previous/current job that would be relevant to the job you’re applying for.

3. Use evidence and concrete examples to back up your statements.

Numbers are also great for demonstrating your skills and expertise. Did you increase revenue, saved time, or money? How did you improve processes or procedures? How many clients did you deal with/win every month?

You definitely want to have a few stories prepared related to the competencies of the job using STAR format:

4. Demonstrate your soft skills.

People hire people they like. During a job interview, you’d want to demonstrate that you have good communication skills, know how to deal with people, have integrity, and so on.

5. Forget about the competition.

To make competition irrelevant when job searching, simply stop worrying about other candidates. You don’t need additional stress when looking for a job – focus on what you can bring to the company instead.

In my FREE 3-day e-course ‘How to win at job interviews,’ I will show you exactly how to prepare and practice you answers, and give you examples of questions you might expect. There’s also a lot more useful information to help you get that dream job. Sign up for free here: http://bit.ly/1wdasrB

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Margaret Buj Margaret Buj is an experienced recruiter & interview coach who specialises in helping professionals get hired, promoted and paid more. In the last 11 years she's interviewed thousands of people across Europe and the US and she's successfully helped hundreds of job seekers worldwide gets the jobs or promotions they really wanted. Having worked with people across multiple industries, in both private and public sectors, she's learned EXACTLY what it takes to get hired in a competitive job market - and she wants to help you do the same. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Margaret here.