Experience

The main point of an interview is for an employer or hiring manager to determine if an applicant is a good fit for the company. Part of being a good fit is being able to complete the tasks of the position. Therefore, if you do not display your ability to fulfill the position, there is a good chance that you may not be considered as a proper candidate for the job. Your experience is an essential part of proving your ability to fulfill a job. You not only want to display it, but you want to do so in the most effective way. Here are a few tips on properly sharing your experience in an interview, depending upon where you stand.If You Have ExperienceIf you have ever held the type of position that you are applying for, or one with similar duties, then answering these types of questions should be fairly simple. You will want to focus your conversation and answers on those experiences that you have had, no matter how short of a time you have done them. For example, if the position you are applying for has strong management elements and you managed the office whenever your boss was out of town, state this and detail the duties that you fulfilled. Highlight the skills that you have cultivated or sharpened during your tenure, as well as any knowledge that you have gained. If you were ever acknowledged or awarded for your work, be sure to share those accomplishments as well. However, you want to be sure to do so in a non-boastful manner; make it a logical supporting part of your answer. This is a delicate balance to find, however it can be critical in impacting how the interviewer perceives you.If You Lack Direct PracticeIf you lack direct practice, focus on sharing your transferrable skills, or skills that you have used that relate to those skills needed to fulfill the position. Transferrable skills can be from a previous job, as well as skills cultivated in school or participation in community or social groups. For example, a strong ability to communicate, which you cultivated through the Debate Club, could be applied to a sales, marketing or customer service position. Find a way to relate as many of your skills to the position as possible, but avoid making too much of a stretch. You do not want to appear to be reaching for strings, but you also do not want to seem unknowledgeable or under-qualified. A good gauge for determining if a skill is truly transferrable is to research the skills needed to fulfill a position and evaluate the aspects that comprise that skill. Referring back to the previous example, in the fields of sales, marketing and customer service, one must be able to properly communicate with others and be effective at problem solving. These are shared aspects with debating, so that experience is relatable.ExamplesAlong with awards and acknowledgements, if you have any stories that you can share about your experiences in relatable jobs or situations, be sure to state them. Chances are that the interviewer will ask you a question along these lines, so it is a good idea to prepare a few different stories to support your claims of having practice in the necessary skills. It is important that you take some time to prepare these stories ahead of time so that you do not ramble on or take long pauses. Either instances could reflect negatively upon you. No matter what, do not lie or make up stories. This can easily backfire on you if the interviewer asks you further questions related to your story. Keep your answers clear, honest and streamlined with a direct connection to the position you are applying for.There are a few different aspects of an interview that can make or break your chances of securing the job. Showing your experience is key to attaining any position. If this is your first job, you do not have to worry. Highlight any skills or characteristics or transferrable skills that you may have. As you are sharing your them, do so with confidence and with supporting examples. If you take the time to properly prepare and execute these tips correctly, you can be sure to leave a lasting, positive impression on the interviewer and hopefully secure your new position.

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