Career Calling

March 15, 2014

Preparing for an Interview? Think Strengths

I frequently help clients prepare for interviews.  Almost everyone begins with a worry about gaps in work history, lack of experience, or weak computer skills.  What’s wrong with this kind of thinking?  It ignores a very important fact:  The employer likes something about the client that she will invest time on an interview.  That means they see strengths that should be emphasized during the interview.

I’m not saying that we should not worry about preparing for any possible obstacle before an interview.  Be ready to speak to any possible weaknesses.  However, you should spend twice as much time thinking about your strengths and how to present them.  Start with the job post.  What do you have that the employer is looking for?  Then go to the website and other sources to learn about the company.  Again, think about how you can make a contribution.  Practice telling stories about your achievements.  The employer needs to see why you’re the best candidate for the job.  You won’t be at your best if you’re only working about weak points.  Play your strongest hand.  Show why you’re the best.

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