What You Should Say During An Interview
The job search can be a pretty arduous task.. Some say that finding a job is a full-time job itself, and they usually aren’t kidding! From crafting the perfect resume to explaining why you’re the ideal candidate for the role in a cover letter, the process to even land an interview takes time and hard work.
While your resume and cover letter are important parts of the application phase and necessary to advance in the process, the interview is undoubtedly the most important step in securing a new job. Just like an athlete prepares for a big game, job seekers must prepare for interviews in a similar fashion. Whether it is researching common questions asked, information about the company and role you applied for, or even questions you should ask at the end of an interview, your preparation can make a difference in the outcome. While having this information is essential to interview success, knowing what to say and how to say it can set you apart from your competition.
In an article for The Independent, Chelsea Ritschel spoke to four career experts about their advice for what job seekers should always say during an interview in order to stand out as the perfect candidate.
Carolyn Betts Fleming – CEO and Founder of Betts Recruiting
According to Betts, the thing that trips up job seekers the most is often the easiest question of the bunch – “So, tell me about yourself?” Betts says, “It’s very important to have a clear pitch when the person asks you to tell them more about yourself. It’s usually the first question asked in an interview and shockingly many people are unprepared to answer.”
Since it is usually asked at the beginning of an interview, how you answer has the potential to set the tone for the rest of the conversation. With some practice and preparation of your elevator pitch, you should be able to answer this question confidently. Be sure to include an overview of your career thus far and what you want to do in the future.
Erin Kennedy – CEO of Professional Resume Services
Kennedy says, “Nothing says ‘hire me’ more than letting the interviewer know you know what issues they are facing and you also know how to help them fix them.” In your research and preparation before the interview, you might have encountered some of the issues that the company is facing, or you found them out from your questions during the process. To stand out is pretty simple. Mention their issues and tell them, “I can fix this for you.”
Not only does this show that you are confident in your abilities, but it also shows that you are aware of the company’s problem areas and did your research.
Georgia Adamson – CEO of A Successful Career
An interview is not only for the company to see if you would be a good fit and help the business, but also for you to determine if you could see yourself working there each day. Going a step further, it is important for you to prove that you can help the company during your interview.
According to Adamson, “It’s a case of an attitude or approach that focuses on the value you can bring to the employer. You need to clearly indicate potential value and relevance to the employer’s needs. If you don’t, someone else probably will.”
Chances are if you were brought in for an interview, the company is already intrigued by your background and potential to have an impact on the organization. It is one thing to say that you can do X, Y and Z, but it is another to show that you can do it. Having a proven track record of success can help you do just that.
Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin – Certified Career Management Coach and Founder of the Career Success Coach
As mentioned before, finding a full-time job can be a full-time job in and of itself. Because of this, no one wants to waste their time as both an interviewer and interviewee. The interview process can be very time consuming and in order to select the right candidate, the company wants to make sure that they are only interviewing those who are 100 percent interested in accepting the job, if offered. As a result, Schwerdlin suggests that job seekers should reiterate to the employer, “I would be happy to accept this job, if offered to me.”
While this may seem a bit forward to some, it shows that you are indeed interested in the position and took the interview process seriously. While you don’t want to start off the conversation with this phrase, since there might be some unexpected information gathered about the role, you could mention it at the end of the interview, once you have had the chance to ask any questions you might have.