At times like these, when competition for great jobs is fierce, employers have the luxury of being extra picky. Everyone wants to hire the best. Not only because of the abundance of competition out there, but also because the economy is so unstable, they cannot afford to hire just anyone. So, how can you convince them during a job interview that you are the best for the job?
Be excited about the job.
Remember, it’s not always about acing the job interview. If you have been playing this game, stop it. Some people are naturally good at interviewing. For that reason, many employers have been crashed and burned by hiring the wrong person. And, to be honest, if your only goal is to make a good impression, you may be crushed and burned too. You don’t want to work for the wrong company either.
This goes back to what I’ve been saying all along in my previous articles: be picky. Do thorough research of the company before you apply. If you are not inspired or excited about the company or the job, you have no business applying there. However, your excitement and enthusiasm is only the first step to success.
Understand what they are looking for.
Your excitement may be a good start, but it’s not everything. If you don’t really understand what the company is looking for, it will be difficult to make a connection. You may be about to talk to the company of your dreams, but don’t let your thrill overshadow your personal value.
Sometimes understanding the needs of others requires putting your own agenda aside. If you are focused on getting the job, because you really want this job, it will be hard to understand the pain points of the company you are applying for. And, if for some reason you don’t get the offer, it will be very disappointing because you won’t know why.
But if you can put your own needs aside for a bit and focus on the company needs, this might position you as a stronger candidate. Your interviewers will be impressed by your ability to understand what they are looking for and speak to that. And if you are not the right fit for the job, having the humility to realize it will make your search a lot easier.
How to speak your value.
Once you understand the employer’s needs and believe this is the right job for you, the third step is to communicate your value effectively. If you are too modest, they may not see your value, but if you brag too much, they may not believe you.
How do you do that in an authentic way without bragging? You focus on facts and real success stories from your past career. The best way to communicate your value to the company is to talk about something you have successfully accomplished that’s closely related to what this company is currently dealing with.
Focus on facts, numbers and what really happened. Lose adjectives, judgments and personal opinions about it. Last, but not least, there is no right answer to job interview questions, so stop trying to get it right. Instead, tell them something they don’t already know.
Katherine Bouglai is a career transition coach and the founder of Blossom Career. She works with professionals in technology who have recently lost their jobs and are looking for successful career transition. Her specialties include career change, resume development, job search strategies, job interview preparations, offer negotiations and other related skills.