How many interview tips have you stored in your memory only to forget them during an interview? There's so much information out there about interviewing it can be overwhelming and confusing.
Not to mention that one career expert often contradicts another. Have you experienced this? When I was a recruiter, my candidates would complain about this constantly.
The best question to ask is this: "If I were interviewing a potential employee, what would be important to me when hiring? What would I like to see conveyed in the interview?"
INTERVIEW TIP 101 - Know Your Value & Personal Brand
If you don't know why you should be hired over the next guy, don't expect the interviewer to know either. If you convey one thing only in a job interview, know what makes you unique and how you can add to their bottom line. It's no longer good enough to say, "you want to hire me because I'm hardworking." Truth is, you're expected to be hardworking when you're getting paid to do a job. Nowadays, you have to stand out (see blog: "Common Job Interview Pitfalls")
So, next interview be prepared to answer the "Why Hire You?" question. A good way to do this is to:
- convey your unique traits, strengths, talents
- talk about your work accomplishments
- back everything up with specific measurables