Was His Interview Response Adequate?


Jeremy writes:
I was in a job interview and asked this question: Do you have the qualifications
and personal characteristics necessary for success in your chosen career?
I responded with: Yes I feel my work experience and college education give me
what it takes to succeed. On a personal level I have excellent people skills am
an active listener and posses strong ethical decision-making.
Is my answer adequate?



The Career Doctor responds:
Your answer is adequate in that it addresses some specific skills you possess
but you need to do a better job of showcasing your accomplishments.
You have to remember why employers ask these types of questions. They really
want verification that you do have the qualifications necessary for the job. So you
need to be prepared ahead of time with a mental list of your key accomplishments
and how these accomplishments prepare you for the position. Research into the
specific requirements of the position is critical here — as well as a clear presentation
of how your skill set matches (or exceeds) what the employer is seeking.
Also remember that in an interview situation showing rather than telling is a much better
strategy. Rather than stating that you have these various skills have a story/example prepared
about one or more situations where your specific skills are showcased.
One final comment about the importance of employer research. I have a former student
who takes a binder of key information (mostly downloaded from various Websites)
about each company he interviews with to the job interview. Then when the employer
asks the inevitable question about knowledge of the company not only can he spout
off all sorts of information — but he also pulls out the binder to make a point about the
depth of his research. And employers love it.
For more information about job interviews go to this section of Quintessential Careers:
Guide to Job Interviewing Resources.
And for research sources go to this section of Quintessential Careers:
Guide to Researching Companies Industries and Countries.

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Jeremy writes:
I was in a job interview and asked this question: Do you have the qualifications
and personal characteristics necessary for success in your chosen career?
I responded with: Yes I feel my work experience and college education give me
what it takes to succeed. On a personal level I have excellent people skills am
an active listener and posses strong ethical decision-making.
Is my answer adequate?



The Career Doctor responds:
Your answer is adequate in that it addresses some specific skills you possess
but you need to do a better job of showcasing your accomplishments.
You have to remember why employers ask these types of questions. They really
want verification that you do have the qualifications necessary for the job. So you
need to be prepared ahead of time with a mental list of your key accomplishments
and how these accomplishments prepare you for the position. Research into the
specific requirements of the position is critical here — as well as a clear presentation
of how your skill set matches (or exceeds) what the employer is seeking.
Also remember that in an interview situation showing rather than telling is a much better
strategy. Rather than stating that you have these various skills have a story/example prepared
about one or more situations where your specific skills are showcased.
One final comment about the importance of employer research. I have a former student
who takes a binder of key information (mostly downloaded from various Websites)
about each company he interviews with to the job interview. Then when the employer
asks the inevitable question about knowledge of the company not only can he spout
off all sorts of information — but he also pulls out the binder to make a point about the
depth of his research. And employers love it.
For more information about job interviews go to this section of Quintessential Careers:
Guide to Job Interviewing Resources.
And for research sources go to this section of Quintessential Careers:
Guide to Researching Companies Industries and Countries.