In a competitive job market, a lot of people have the same hard skills that you bring to the table. That’s why soft skills are so important. Having the right hard skills might get you the interview, but your soft skills will set you apart from other candidates and help you win the job. Companies are looking for people who bring more to the job than just the hard skills listed in the job posting. But how, exactly, do showcase soft skills when you’re sitting across from the interviewer?
Most of us have had, at some point in our lives, a teacher, a professor, or a mentor who encouraged our participation in active discussion by uttering the ubiquitous phrase, “There are no stupid questions.” Then we grew up and started going to job interviews. In all seriousness, however, if you’re actively seeking employment chances are you’ve run into a few odd interview questions that put that old adage to the test.
Possibly the most difficult interview question to answer is “Tell Me About Yourself?” But if I asked your co-worker to tell me about you, they could easily rattle off several things. During a job interview, you’ll need to overcome the stage-fright associated with answering the “tell me about yourself” question.
It’s always a good idea to check out the interviewer’s profile before your interview, but don’t stop there. Take full advantage of LinkedIn’s new interview prep feature. You don’t even need a premium LinkedIn account to take advantage of the most important aspects of it.
When it comes to job interviews, many people don’t lump the questions you’ll be asked in the predictable category.
However, once you know the most common job interview questions asked, the better you can predict, and prepare.
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