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Four important soft skills to highlight in a job interview
With the increasingly competitive job market, you’ll often find yourself competing with several individuals who possess the same technical skills. To identify the best from the rest, employers often turn to evaluating the soft skills of candidates and interviewees. Soft skills demonstrate how applicants work as individuals, what their nature is like and how evolved their interpersonal skills are.
Possessing and demonstrating strong soft skills can often mean earlier promotions or added responsibility.
Here are key soft skills you may not be aware interviewers are looking for during your job interview.
1. Your enthusiasm for work
Without being over-the-top in your interview, a dose of enthusiasm and passion for that role can make you stand out from other candidates. It’s important to demonstrate to employers you are keen from the early stages of interviewing, and that you’ll carry this same enthusiasm through to the workplace if you’re the chosen applicant. Arriving early, actively asking questions during the interview and equally intently listening are all strong indicators that you’re an enthusiastic applicant.
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2. Your communication skills
Being able to clearly and confidently communicating a point without stumbling over your words or confusing yourself is key to a memorable interview. This soft skill will be mandatory across many areas of your role, particularly if you are people-facing or will need to lead many presentations. So showing your ability to actively listen to the interviewer and respond with well-prepared answers will go a long way.
3. Your problem-solving skills
Many roles involve a level of problem-solving and lateral thinking, and often this needs to be done independently with little help from your peers or management. Interviewers will generally ask for some examples of when you’ve been able to work independently – as well as part of a team – to solve challenging situations in previous roles. They’ll also be keen to know how your actions influenced those around you. Having several examples of your best problem-solving scenarios ready will impress your interviewer and avoids the awkwardness of having no answer for this vital interview question.
4. Your leadership qualities
This soft skill may not seem important in the early stages of interviewing for a role that doesn’t involve the management of a team. However, stating early on that you can work cohesively within a group and offer a helping hand when needed can take you a long way. If being a leader is one of your goals and plays well to your personality, again, make it known and back it up with examples.
Providing examples of your leadership qualities within your interview could accelerate your rise the corporate ladder once you’re well-established in your new company.
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