How to Communicate your strengths in a job interview
You know this is the job for you. Here's how to convince the person doing the hiring. Learn how to do well in a job interview.
You Will Need
* A job interview
* A few job skills
* Some good qualities
* A thesaurus
* Time to prepare
Step 1: List your strengths
Determine what your strengths are. Include specific skills, like "proficient in HTML," as well as general qualities, whether it's being "a big-picture person" or having "great attention to detail."
Step 2: Relate to the job
Now correlate each skill to the current opening. Think hard about how all of your abilities can be put to use at the position you want.
*Tip: Ask friends and coworkers what they see as your strengths—their answers might help you see yourself in a new light.
Step 3: Prepare for questions
Prepare for difficult questions. If you quit your last job to follow a band on tour, be ready to put a positive spin on it—maybe you were considering writing a book about the experience rather than just goofing off?
Step 4: Use a thesaurus
Get out the thesaurus and look for words to describe your attributes that aren't as clichéd as "hard-working," "dedicated," and "team player." Or else you might as well say, "I work hard, yadda yadda."
Step 5: Think up examples
Come up with concrete examples of your attributes. For example, if you plan to say, "I'm a good manager," be ready to follow it up with proof of how you spurred people into action.
*Tip: During the interview, be confident but not cocky. Overconfidence is just as unappealing as its opposite.
Step 6: Turn negatives positive
Turn negatives into positives. If you're asked why you only stayed at your last job for six months, say it was a bad fit and you didn't want to remain where you felt you couldn't do your best.
Step 7: Own your weaknesses
If, despite all your preparation, a weakness is revealed during the interview, don't panic. Owning your weaknesses can be a strength.