Job Interviews

How to make the most of your opportunities?

How do you prepare to get the most out of your job interviews? What are the parameters upon which employers gauge you?

If statistics are anything to go by then these are the important aspects of a candidate that most recruiters look at

  • Communication skills
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Teamwork skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Strong work ethics
  • Workplace sensitivity

Let's look at each of them in detail

Communication Skills

Communication skills are of paramount importance in today's business environment. Be it convincing the customer about your product or letting your team members know of the challenges coming their way - good communication skills go a long way in making sure that people understand what you intend to convey. Therefore it is no wonder that good communication skill is a desired trait no less important than anything else.

Honesty and Integrity

Recruiters look for a character loaded with honesty and integrity and these are unavoidable characteristics of individuals that have the capability of shaping up huge organizations. These are the sort of people that form the backbone of the human resource of any organization. They are the ones that inspire the culture of honesty and integrity within the organization and that is exactly why recruiters love honest people.

Teamwork skills

Today most of the business tasks are interdependent and the environment of success through collaboration is a direct result of the efficiency brought into the process because of work load sharing. This kind of a culture is feasible only when there is a smoothly functioning team taking care of different aspects of the business. Hence it is crucial that people in any organization are capable of working with other members seamlessly to deliver results. That drives for the hunt of people who are good working in a team.

Interpersonal skills

Good interpersonal skills are important to maintain an environment where each member complements the other in work and away from it. Nice relationship among employees makes the workplace much more enjoyable than it otherwise would be. So project your interpersonal skills wherever you deem necessary to let the recruiter know that not only you are savvy in your profession but also know how to carry yourself with other folks around. According to an article on myambition.com, "although not instantly recognizable on a resume, your personality fit is THE vital ingredient to securing a job." (Source: http://www.myambition.com/2011/02/what-do-employers-look-for/)

Strong work ethics

To impress the recruiter in job interviews you must have strong work ethics - no second choice with that. You must demonstrate instances and situations where your work ethics helped save the day for your previous organization or team or your ex-boss.

Workplace sensitivity

Not all people are equal and hence the speed and efficiency with which they deliver results will vary. You must appreciate the fact that each of your team mates is different. Therefore it would be unwise to expect same set of results from each of them. Being sensitive towards colleagues at workplace is a virtue that most effective leaders possess. Demonstrate this ability of yours to the recruiter and tell him loud and clear - you are the candidate he should hire.

Highlight the traits you just learned about in your resume and during any of the job interviews you appear for. It's also a good idea to touch upon these skills very briefly in your thank you letters.