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The 3 Most Important of Skills You Should Emphasize During Your Next Interview To Land The Job


During the interview, the employer wants to know many things. However, the most essential of them all - is do you have the skills to do the job well? Emphasizing your skills during the interview is so critical, if you want to ensure you are branding yourself and standing out from all the other candidates.

In this competitive market, companies search for the most qualified candidates by weighing their skills against other candidates and determining how they would benefit the company.

Most of the top companies search for candidates who stands out based upon their expertise, ability to give new developments, personalities that fit well with their culture, and their ability to enhance the organization.

Skills are grouped into three kinds – knowledge-based, transferable, and personal traits.

1) Knowledge-based skills are those learned from experiences. 

These may include educational attainment, additional training, seminars attended, and other practices that you have studied to enhance your expertise.

Knowledge-based skills include computer and communication skills, marketing or managerial knowledge, product development, and many more. These skills vary depending on the field of industry of each job candidate.

2) Transferable aka portable skills are those you bring to a specific job. 

This is the reason why interviewers ask, “What could you offer the company?” 

Transferable skills are important because companies strive to look for quality employees that would improve the development of the workforce and enhance their organization.

Portable skills include problem solving, team leader potential, organized, writing and communication skills, customer service oriented, time and project management, and good with numbers and budget. This kind of skills varies depending on the experience and versatility of each job candidate.

3) Personality traits determine who you are.  

In a job interview, one of the most common things an employer says is “Tell me something about yourself.” Your response is vital because it would set the tone for the rest of the interview. 

Personality traits include good judgment, well organized, analytical, goal oriented, flexible, creative and many more. The skills in which top companies usually seek, include leadership, communication, confidence, flexibility, problem solving and energy.

Try to sell yourself in as modestly as possible within a limited time.

Before begining your job search perform a self-assessment. 

In order to give an impressive presentation, you have to know yourself, your value, and what you have to offer. Examine your resume and list all the skills you have used for each past job experience. Make a comprehensive list of your skills and strengths including personal traits, knowledge-based and transferable skills. This would be the basis for your personal interview outline.

* Once you have completed your outline, write detail examples of how you display these skills  and practice this like an actress would a script. You are now ready to face the interviewer. Remember that employers are interested in your accomplishments. Use words that are concise, direct and clear.

Although many companies require a unique set of skills, you should still highlight your technical skills in the interview.

Being prepared to emphasize all of your strengths and skills on job interviews would increase your  chances of landing the job you desired.

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