Six important qualities employers look for in a job interview

Bonita Stewart has served as VP of Affiliate Business at Google for 15 years. And during this time, she clearly understood what a candidate should be in order to get a position in a company with high standards and requirements. Here are some tips on how to stand out in an interview.

Six important qualities employers look for in a job interview

1. Tell us about your experience

The experience must match the desired position. But it can be obtained in completely different ways.

For example, someone without a master’s degree has gained tremendous experience through interesting personal projects or hobbies.

An applicant for the junior marketer position does not have to complete many internships. The experience you need can be gained by organizing an event in your hometown. Tell us about the creative strategies you have used and how you have been successful.

2. Ask questions

This demonstrates your curiosity, which is a valuable asset in almost any position. But do not limit yourself to simple questions, the answers to which you can find on the Internet yourself.

Instead, ask open and solid questions that can show your aspiration and point of view. Think about what could be improved in important areas such as strategy, product positioning, high-performance teams, and inclusive leadership.

For example: “Your team is already doing well in [X]but how about attracting someone who will do [Y]which I believe can help improve [Z]?»

Two examples of important questions:

  • What is your team missing now?
  • How can I contribute?

3. Make a list of achievements

“I admire and respect people who adhere to the principle of community, because impressive success usually cannot be achieved alone,” says Stewart.

Employers want to hire people who build, not undermine, team spirit.

“I want to hear about your accomplishments, but it’s always good to hear when a candidate acknowledges the help and mentoring that helped them achieve this,” notes Stewart.

If the challenger only talks about the successes that he claims to have achieved on his own, the manager will conclude that he is not a team player.

4. Take responsibility for your mistakes

Being wrong and having the courage to admit failure is an important quality that an employer always pays attention to.

We all make mistakes. Tell us about a project that didn’t go as planned. What have you learned from this? What would you do differently?

We all face different challenges, no matter how smart and professional we are. It is important to show how you feel about them and what you are doing to solve them.

5. Be flexible

The rapid advancement in technology has created a culture in which business transformation is the norm. Be sure to research the company and determine what unique perspectives you can bring.

“I’m looking for candidates who want to be helpful to our clients and who can develop creative strategies to meet the needs of our partners,” Stewart says.

This also applies to professional flexibility, innovation and a broad outlook.

6. Show that you are a team player

The ability to interact with people is also a key quality. Building a team isn’t just about hiring different candidates. It is important to correctly select people with complementary skills and abilities.

Assess your own strengths that you can bring to a particular company. Self-awareness in employment is a very important quality. Employees often share experiences and emotions in the workplace. And if you are open-minded, you are more likely to bring support and positive energy to your team.

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