Stand Out in Your Interview

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When it comes to what ultimately lands a specific person a job, there’s no one right answer. More often than not, the decision is based on potential rather than the present aptitudes shown by some candidates. The ability to continue improving throughout time and different conditions, handling pressure correctly and adapting to any environment are the best assets you can have as an employee.

Some jobs require this more than others. In the end, combining specific skills necessary to do the job with complementary skills that can show you can adapt to difficult conditions or different cultures, will give you an edge on all other candidates when it comes to the final decision. Among the skills that will definitely separate you from the pack and should be in your mind in every answer in an interview are:

 1. Multitasking

The ability to handle several activities at once is of the most sought out skills in the market. It’s not an easy thing to do. Especially when there’s a high level of responsibility involved. Mastering the art of multitasking requires experience in the workforce and the understanding of the value of time in the workplace. Any opportunity you have to highlight your multitasking skills in an interview, don’t waste it. It could be the difference.

2. Flexibility

Not every job out there is a 9 to 5. Especially if it’s a leadership role. Some positions require not only extra hours but a very unusual schedule. It’s not that common to find of a quality and even harder one to maintain over time but, with the right system and proper organization, it can work to an advantage. It will also put you on the top of the list.

3. Experience

Now your background as an employee is an obvious selling point for employers. The thing is, other people that interview will also check this box. The difference can be made in a job or life experience that can give you the lead in the race. For example, imagine you’re interviewing for a position in an international company with offices around the world. With the same or less job experience than the other candidates plus, a second language or a multicultural background, you can definitely improve your chances.

There is no unique and standard strategy to land a job. Research on the company’s culture, branches, mission and other specifics is needed to prepare well for an interview. There are definitely things in your background that will adhere to their culture, you just have to let them know what they are and use them in your favor. An interview is often seen as a challenge or a scary step you have to take to get that job you so deeply want but, it can also be seen as the biggest opportunity to stand out and show what other qualities you bring to the table that may not be seen in your resume.  

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