How do you prepare for your interviews? This is a question we often raise in our role as an employment counselor when a client is unable to land a new job after having obtained several interviews with employers.
Even if you succeed in making connections between the position, the context of the company and your professional background, the essential thing is still to communicate these connections to the employer. Hence the importance of having a solid structure behind your ideas, relevant examples to share and spontaneity in your remarks. Words have power and it is imperative to know how to use them to maintain a skillful and judicious speech.
Here are some tips to improve the quality of your speech and impress employers even more.
The job interview is an opportunity to sell your candidacy in a convincing and positive way. To achieve this, the choice of words that make up your speech takes on its full importance.
Words create a mental image for us. If I say, “Don’t think of a black cat. you’ll probably think of a black cat. Here is the effect we want to avoid in interviews by adopting positive language. For example, instead of telling the employer that you have no difficulty working in a team, go ahead with a positive affirmation indicating that you have a good team spirit or that you have Ease of collaborating with co-workers.
Positive dialogue is easier to interpret and leaves a better impression on the recruiter.
The success of your job search depends in part on your ability to stay positive about your approach. Confident and positive demeanor and speech are the keys to making a good first impression on an employer.
As much as possible, avoid downplaying the quality of your application. In other words, instead of making comments that highlight a doubt or a misperception of the information, go ahead with a positive affirmation that is reassuring and eloquent. For example, it is to your advantage to say: “I am convinced of my positive contribution to the team. » instead of « I believe to have a positive impact in the team. »
One of the keys to a successful interview is your ability to illustrate your answers with relevance. You thus offer the employer the opportunity to get to know you better, while allowing him to adequately assess your career profile according to the position. To promote comprehensive content and support your assertions, it is to your advantage to include certain keywords in your speech to encourage you to develop your ideas.
Use terms such as “because”, “because” and “since” which allow you to add additional elements and then avoid too short answers.
Let’s take the example of an employer who asks you if you’re comfortable using project management software like Asana. You might be tempted to say, “I don’t really know Asana, but I could easily learn it.” »
Despite the fact that this answer demonstrates honesty with your level of knowledge of the software (which is a good thing), the fact remains that the employer may find your answer a little too simple.
To improve it and give more impact to your content, you can support your assertion by adding relevant information that confirms your point. So you can say, “I don’t really know Asana, but I could easily learn it, because I had a similar situation at my last job where I had to quickly learn Outlook to accomplish my tasks. »
Good self-knowledge and an ability to show off are two elements that will help you achieve your goals.
Whether it’s during an interview or when sending your résumé, you must do everything to create a good impression. Thus, showing a great interest in the position and the company will help you succeed.
There is a panoply of keywords that can be useful to you: “very”, “really”, “a lot”, “great”, “excellent”, etc. By using them, you amplify information that you consider relevant to the position. For example, instead of telling the employer that you are an organized person in your work, you can say, “I have always shown great organizational skills in the performance of my duties. For example, I start each work day with 5 goals to accomplish and every Friday I take stock of the week that has just passed and I plan my tasks for the following week. »
Always remember that there is a very thin line between choosing and rejecting a candidate. In fact, employers often tell us that the outcome of a hiring process depends on a few details. Whether it is on the attitude of the candidates or on the quality of the speech, remember that nothing should be left to chance and that you must take all the necessary precautions to make your mark.