3 job interview skills all applicants need

9/7/2018

3 job interview skills all applicants need

Whether people are entering the job market for the first time or have been in the workforce for decades, the interview process can be a little tricky. It's not always easy to anticipate what a hiring manager is specifically looking for in a prospective employee and sometimes trying to go in and just read the room doesn't always pay off either.

With that in mind, it's important to keep in mind that there are three key skills that will help make any interview go at least a little better than it otherwise might have:

1) Knowledge

The most important thing for anyone going into a job interview to do is know what they're talking about, according to The Muse. Of course, it isn't just enough to know about the industry's operations and what makes it tick in general, because hiring managers expect everyone they interview to know that sort of thing. Instead, it's important to have an insider knowledge of the company at which they are interviewing.

That kind of next-level understanding starts with online research into both the specific job details and the company as a whole, but the people who will really stand out in the interview process are the ones most likely to dig a little deeper, the report said. For instance, it might be wise for those who have significant connections in their chosen field to talk to anyone they may know who currently works there or used to, and tap networks to get a better understanding of a company's on-the-ground operations on a daily basis.

2) Communication

It's common for just about anyone to be a little nervous about their job interviews, and when that happens the normal things they would do in any other conversation can slip away, according to The Balance Careers. That means people might talk too much, or too little, and get a little off balance when it comes to actually carrying on a dialog, instead just letting interviewers ask them question after question.

Instead, it's important for interviewees to go into that meeting with a few things prepared that they would like to discuss, especially when - at the end of an interview - they are asked to share any questions they might have, the report said. That will help interviewers see that they are talking to a thoughtful person who put in the effort to really think about the company and their potential role within it.

3) Confidence

Drawing from the previous two skills, interviewees should approach the discussion with the knowledge that they've put in the legwork and have carefully considered the whole picture around the company, according to Monster. That extra prep work will likely help job seekers feel like they're going to ace the interview.

However, it's also important to come across as being humble and, more specifically, not cocky, so people shouldn't approach the interview as though they are know-it-alls, but rather that they've put in the legwork to present themselves as being informed and confident.

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