Job searching and interviewing is a difficult task – and the level of difficulty varies depending on what field you are in. One of the most uncomfortable parts of a job interview is having to talk about yourself. It’s weird to talk about what we’re good at – it can feel arrogant or cocky. We’re taught to be humble and to avoid bragging so it’s often hard for us to acknowledge our skills – especially out loud.
But here at Nav.It we want you to feel in-powered! Claiming your strengths and talents to get a job you will thrive in is not bragging and it doesn’t have to feel that way either!
#1 Don’t list your skills, storify them
It is definitely weird to be asked what your particular strengths are in an interview and your answers can end up sounding very contrived. Instead of listing your strengths and skills, explain situations that will showcase your skills in action. For example, instead of saying you can speak another language, tell a story about a time you were able to use your language skills in a work situation.
#2 Don’t shortchange yourself
There is a fine line between having confidence in your skills and being arrogant. It is difficult to find that line sometimes, but once you know what it looks like you can use it to your advantage. Show potential employers that you are confident by taking ownership of the things you do well, but make it clear that you are interested and open to further learning and development. You are a Wealth Warrior: You believe in standing up for your finances and yourself! Part of being a Wealth Warrior is knowing your personal truths and being confident in what you bring to the table!
#3 Discuss the times you successfully failed
Sometimes our best skills are born out of failure. For example, If you want to let a potential employer know about a certain accomplishment or talent you have, talk about the failure too. Let’s say group management is the skill you’ve learned and want to discuss. You can share a time when a task failed due to poor group management and talk about how that experience taught you the management skills you’ve mastered now. Being open to constructive criticism not only gives you a chance to show your stuff but it also shows that you can adapt and grow through feedback.
#4 Be specific and choose wisely
Your résumé can list all your skills but in conversation listing all of them may not be a good idea. Choose stories and experiences that highlight your strongest skills and the skills that are most relevant to the job. Not only will this allow you to discuss your skillset in depth, but it will also demonstrate that you understand the job requirements and responsibilities.
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