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Four important soft skills to highlight in a job interview
With the increasingly competitive job market, you’ll often find yourself competing with a number of individuals who possess the same technical skills. To sort the best from the rest, employers often turn to evaluating what are referred to as ‘soft skills’ in interviewees.
Soft skills demonstrate how applicants work as individuals, what their nature is like and how evolved their interpersonal skills are. They can be particularly important as strong soft skills often mean earlier promotions or added responsibility.
Here are some soft skills you may not be aware interviewers are looking for during your job interview:
1. Your enthusiasm for work
Without appearing over-the-top in your approach to an interview, a dose of enthusiasm and passion for a particular role never goes astray. It's important to demonstrate to employers that you are keen from the early stages of interviewing, and that you will carry that enthusiasm through to the workplace if you are the chosen applicant. Arriving early, actively asking questions during the interview and earnestly listening are all strong indicators that you are an enthusiastic applicant.
2. Your communication skills
Being able to confidently demonstrate a point without stumbling over your words or confusing yourself and interviewers is key to a memorable interview. This soft skill will be mandatory across many areas of your role if you are eventually hired, so showing your ability to actively listen and then respond confidently with well-prepared answers will go a long way.
3. Your problem-solving skills
Many roles involve a level of problem-solving and lateral thinking, and oftentimes this needs to be done independently with little help from your peers or management.
Interviewers will generally ask for some examples of when you have been able to work independently (or sometimes as part of a team) to solve problematic situations in previous roles. They will also be keen to know how your actions influenced those around you. Having some examples at the ready will ensure that you don't need to wrack your brain for an example on the spot - preparation is everything!
4. Your leadership qualities
This soft skill may not seem particularly important in the early stages of interviewing for a role that doesn’t involve management of a team. However, demonstrating early on that you are able to work cohesively within a group and offer a helping hand when needed can take you a long way. Providing examples of this within your interview could accelerate your rise up the corporate ladder once you have your foot firmly in the door.
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