How do you keep from alienating prospective employers during job interviews?
According to an annual survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, these are the most important qualities that employers are looking for in a job candidate, in priority order:
Be sure to highlight those skills in your resume, during your interview, and in your thank-you letter.
One of the best ways to do this is to cite stories that relate your ability to do those things. For example, if you want to convey that you have great communication skills, then relate a short story about a time when you used (and perhaps were praised for) your use of your communication skills.
Stories are much more effective in relating information than simply stating a fact. If you tell me that you are honest, that's fine. If you tell me a story about a time when you found a man's wallet containing $2000 and you returned it without accepting a reward, then I can SEE that you are honest.
So, use stories in your job interviews to turn potential employers ON!
Here is what can happen if you don't use honesty on your resume...
Title: Worst Job Interview Ever
Description: A funny look at what can happen during the interview if you include a little white lie on your resume/CV.
Running time: 01:38
Anyway, that same survey discovered the number-one thing that can turn potential employers off -- a job candidate's appearance! Specifically, they cited unusual hair color or style, body piercings, tattoos, and unusual clothing as things that most often gave a bad first impression.
What you think is "cool" may be the "hot" ticket to the reject list! So keep your need to express yourself under wraps during the interview, and you'll have a better shot at getting the job.
For even more information about job interview questions and how to answer them, consider the "Job Interview Success System."
One of the 5 key components of this system is a 31-page report entitled "How to Give Job-Winning Answers to Interview Questions." In addition to giving more tips and strategies on general answering techniques, it lists 45 of the easiest, toughest, silliest and most common job interview questions as well as how to respond to them.