How to Use Your Soft Skills to Land Your Ideal Role
As a jobseeker, you’re usually going into interviews prepared with all the right answers to share with the hiring manager –– you have your professional anecdotes, your detailed experience speech, and you’ve even pinned down your ‘greatest weakness.’ While these are all things that you should carry in your briefcase when you are looking to land your next role, you’ve got to show your personality, communication skills, and attention to detail. These are called soft skills, which are those personality traits that allow you to work with someone and perform well in your surrounding environment (in this case, a workplace). Fast Company gives a few ways to impress your potential employer with your stellar soft skills, because let’s face it –– you have a great personality and people deserve to get a taste of that if they’re going to be working with you in the future!
Hiring managers can tell whether or not you prepared yourself for the interview. If you’re checking out the company’s website for the first time while you’re on the subway, it will absolutely show. Instead, check out the company site well in advance and gather any other information from research done on Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and social media. You’ll not only be able to learn a ton of things about the company in different capacities, but you’ll have a list of questions to ask and stories to share that relate to the business’ public image. Having a deep level of understanding of what the company stands for really speaks to your interest in the details, and that will make the interviewer quite excited.
Get Familiar With Your Resume
You’re an expert at sharing the details about your current work and what you do on a day-to-day basis, but what about the job from a few years ago? Hopefully everything you have on there is relevant to your current career, work goals, or skills and experience! If you can’t remember the details of an old job, take it off of your resume. If there are any positive takeaways that you can use to your benefit in an interview, then discuss those experiences. Doing this will tell the hiring manager that you can process information well, reflect on those past roles shaping your professional skills today, and take that knowledge to a new company.
Be An Active Listener
Don’t say what you think an interviewer wants to hear just because you believe it will fare better for you! If you don’t understand what’s been explained to you, say something about it. There’s no harm in asking to have something shared with you in a different way because it’s important for you to walk away from your interview with all of your questions answered. Being engaged in active listening and responding in an appropriate way other than saying “yes” or “no” will put the hiring manager at ease, even if you don’t get hired. Go the extra mile and summarize the points made by the interviewer, and follow up with a story or personal mindset that will be another tactic that allows for attention to detail.
Get more tips on how to use your soft skills to your benefit in an interview at Fast Company.