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Use Your Interview

If you land an interview, it means the hiring manager is interested in what you could bring to the job.

Now it’s your job to get them to see your extra qualifications as a positive instead of a minus. Use an interview to stress your skills and your experience:

  • Explain why you want the job. And really mean it. If you don’t, you’re wasting your time and theirs.

  • Don’t avoid the topic of your previous experience. Instead, describe how it will help you in this particular job. What is it about the position that attracted you to it?

  • Show you’ve done your research on the company and that you’ll be a good fit for the organization. If there’s something you particularly admire about the company, say it.

  • Don't come across as a know-it-all, but do communicate that you can add value. Stay away from starting any sentence with "when I was your age..." or "this is how we used to do that..."

  • Use stories or examples of how you quickly master a new skill or solve a problem. Interviewers prefer this over a laundry list of facts from a long career.

Also remember that how you come across in an interview reveals your attitude. To many employers, your attitude is just as important as your job skills when making an employment decision. Stay positive.



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