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New Year, New Career

Trying to land a new job can be incredibly stressful, but for some, the most nerve-racking part is the interview process. A Job interview is not a test of your knowledge but your ability to use it at the right time. During an interview, you have to guide the conversation. This however can be difficult when you are unaware of what the interviewer is searching for. An interview is much more than what you say, it is also how you say it and how you present yourself. Below are some factors to take into consideration.

The Ability to Communicate

Demonstrating effective communication is one of the top skills employers look at. Having clear, concise responses is important as it shows your ability to think and carry yourself professionally on the spot. Take the opportunity to convey the experience you have on your resume. Having effective communication skills allows you to build relationships between coworkers, superiors, clients, affiliates, etc. Employers like to see that if you will be able to collaborate with others and be a team player. Most importantly, during your interview, ask questions! Your potential employer wants to see you grow and succeed. When interviewing, show you will handle yourself efficiently, seek guidance when needed, and establish your interest in the company/role.


During your interview, reveal your specific skills related to the job! Show that you understand your values, skills, and future goals. One important skill employers look for is critical thinking & problem solving! They want to see that you are confident in what you bring to the table along with why hiring you would bring value to their team.

Personal Accountability

Employers want to bring people onto their team on which they can depend on. If you make a mistake, they want to know that you will own up to it, correct it, and have the ability to adjust your process. Demonstrate your willingness to learn. In the interview, try to show an example of a time that you have shown your integrity in a professional setting.

Ability to Follow Directions & Meet Deadlines

Following directions and meeting deadlines is a crucial role no matter what job field you are in. Employers are looking to see how you handle situations. Throughout your discussion, share a time you were thrown a task to complete on short notice that you prevailed. This is beneficial because sometimes other people or projects can depend on you and your timeline.

Positive Attitude/Passion

Lastly, when hired, you will be representing the company. Be mindful of this as employers want both the best person for the job and one that will be well-liked by others. Go into the interview with an energetic, confident, positive attitude. They desire someone who will proudly represent the business and work that they do!

Fear of what other people will think is a paralyzing dynamic in business and life. Do not fear an interview, walk in with the determination that you can conquer the day. Abraham Lincoln once said “be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm”

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