Most interview questions are geared towards learning if you are qualified for this position or not. You probably wouldn’t apply to a job if you didn’t think you had the needed requirements to be successful. The key is tailoring each answer to show you are the right candidate for the company. Below, we’ll break down the best way to discuss your skills and experience in your next job interview.
How do I describe my work experience?
First, you want to do some research on the company you will be interviewing at. Make sure you have a strong understanding of the job and what they are looking for in a candidate. Visit their corporate website and social media accounts. You may want to also do a quick search for any recent news articles or press releases. As you formulate your answer think of what makes your experience unique. What skills/experiences qualify you for this position?
How long you have been in the workforce will determine how you describe your past work experience. If you have been working for five years or more, you want to focus on the most relevant jobs. Take time to think about what examples you can give that show you could do the job to the best of your abilities. Provide at least one personal example that touches on an aspect of the job description. Here are some conversation starters for answering the interview question, tell me about your experience?
- In my years of experience, I have had the opportunity to manage all types of people. Some have been really difficult but have made me a better manager.
- A highlight in my career was two years ago when I led my team to a sales award.
- I find working under pressure to be great motivation.
- I like being a member of a team and helping other employees advance their careers.
- I have found success in my previous jobs by trying to be a positive role model.
Make sure you can back up your responses with specific examples. A company will not like a candidate that just gives a generic answer every time. You may find it helpful to bring a few notes to remind you of what you would like to say. Try to find common ground between your background and what the employer is looking for.
What skills do you have for this job?
When discussing your skills for a job, you want to show that you are qualified for this position. The interviewer wants to know what they can’t read on your resume. As you answer interview questions on your skills, include examples that show you can do the needed work with little-to-no help. Below are some helpful tips you may choose to include when putting your answers together.
- My ability to multitask would mesh well with your work environment.
- Last year I got a new degree in graphic design.
- My qualifications align with the job description.
- I believe I would make a great impact on the company by utilizing my problem-solving skills.
- I like that this role would allow me to demonstrate my leadership skills.
Why should we hire you for this position?
All of the interview questions employers will ask are helping them decide if you are the right fit for the job. During your job interview, you may have to answer some hard questions. In order to remember the qualities and skills, you have that you want to highlight, bring a few notes to your interview. As you answer the questions, you can reference your notes but try to make eye contact as well. You never want to appear as if you are reading fully prepared answers.
You know you are qualified for this position but the way you answer each question will determine if you get the job. Touch on something from your work experience that is related to the open role at the company. There might be many candidates applying, so you need to be prepared.
Learn as much information as you can about the company and position before your interview. Review your answers with a family member, friend or trusted colleague. Talking about your experience and skills out loud can help your confidence. If you still aren’t sure, read our article that provides more details on answering why we should hire you for this position.