How to connect during a job interview

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An interview is an opportunity for someone to evaluate you for a position based on your credentials and presentation. The company is looking to fill a gap that currently exists and most are looking to determine if you are the right person to do so. In my conversations lately with headhunters, leaders and HR professionals looking to hire, I’m seeing a trend towards the growing importance of the soft skills a person possesses.

What are those soft skills? Passion, work ethic, drive, and enthusiasm are among them. The way to demonstrate those skills and begin to build a connection with your potential employer is to ask specific questions that demonstrate your commitment to doing the best job possible. Before the interview, you should do the basic research on the company and the services they provide. There are a few questions that will allow you and your interviewer to engage in meaningful dialogue that goes beyond the basics.

There are three important ones to ask.

  1. What are your biggest challenges?

  2. What is your top priority?

  3. What does success mean to you for my role?

The answers to these questions will give you an opportunity to learn more about the goals of the company and answer how best you can assist with the challenges identified. If you have a specific skill set that can help tackle the challenges or a set of experience in handling them in the past, you can explain how you have done so. The end goal of the interview is to communicate the way in which you are uniquely qualified to tackle the immediate needs of the company and that definitely includes the soft skills you possess.

If you have a question or are interested in learning more, connect with me.

RJ Johns