Career Calling

January 22, 2015

Soft Skills and Bad Interviews

 

One of my clients is making a career change. He was a senior manager, but is now looking for a lower pressure role. We were practicing interviewing skills, and he talked about problem solving, leadership, and communication skills. The problem was that he never gave any idea about how he would use those skills in the job he was applying for. I recommended that he take about ten note-cards, put a soft skill on top of each one, and then list 3-5 examples of how he used those skills. After that, he should practice telling stories without worrying about saying the same thing each time.  Good interview answers should be clear and concise. They also need to be substantial if you want potential employers to recognize that you can do the job.

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