Display Your Soft Skills in an Interview

Sat, May 26, 2012

Interview Skills, Resume Skills

The resume advice that you’ve been getting lately is bound to confuse anyone.  List your skills, list your achievements, list your innovative ideas, etc.  Oh, and list them all on one page.  But what does it all mean?

Employers want to hire people who are good at working on teams, people who have positive attitudes, and who are ready to do the work that needs to be done – and to do it well.  But these soft skills aren’t supposed to go on a resume, are they?

You can approach the soft skills in a few ways.  Yes, you can list them on resumes, but this often looks like you’re using a boiler template, so the better way to ensure the employer knows you’re someone worth hiring is to showcase these skills in an interview.

Here are the ways you can do this:

  • Talk about working on teams – Make sure that when you’re talking about your job history that you speak to the idea of working with a team.  You need to show that you can collaborate.
  • Talk about taking initiative – You also need to make sure you’re showing that you can work on your own, even without management breathing down your neck.
  • Be confident – When you’re confident in the interview, you show that you’re a self-assured person who is going to continue to be so when you’re on the job.

When you’re in the interview, you need to show that you’re a person that others will want to work with on a team and in a company.  Be positive when you answer questions, be willing to describe what you have done, and be ready with new ideas you can share.

The more you can show you’re a good person, the more you will show you’re a good person to hire.

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