홍순직 총장의 취업성공 전략 격려 You Can Make It Through & Land a Job. (20.12.30~21.1.3.)
Practice these strategies, so when you’re called for an interview, you’ll be ready:
- Focus on immediately usable skills. Naturally, starting a new job means learning about the company and the specifics of the role. All the details and nuances of the job can take months to learn and understand so focus on the skills that the company can use right away. Look at the job description. What are they asking for? What examples do you have that show that you have what they are looking for?
- Be likeable. Whether in your written communication or in interviews, it's important to be likeable. That doesn’t mean agreeing with everything or being overly chirpy. It simply means having a polite and pleasant demeanor. When you interview, not only is the employer evaluating your skills, he/she is gauging whether or not you will be a good fit for the team. Everyone wants to work with pleasant colleagues.
- Practice telling your story. The best way to sell yourself is by giving specific examples. You can pick one adjective but then back it up with a story using the STAR interview method (S=Situation; T=Task; A=Action (make the listener feel like he/she was there one day when you….. and finally, R=Result). You're the best person to tell your stories so listeners are drawn in and get to know you through your examples. Be sure to take some time before the interview to practice your examples/stories for the full effect.
- Maintain a positive attitude. At all costs, focus on the positives in every scenario. This includes when you're speaking about your last employer. Work out any negative feelings you have about your past experience before the interview, not during the interview. A positive attitude is an important quality in a potential employee regardless of the job/industry.
- Are you organized and able to stay on task? This could serve your new employer well. It shows that you are a structured learner who can readily apply the lessons learned.
- What about your leadership background? Highlighting your leadership and/or management experience can indicate that you have good communication skills and can influence others without knowing all the details about each job.
- Giving examples of teamwork is a great way to gain favor with your potential employer. It shows that you can work with others and that you're open to others’ ideas.