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Soft Skills to Highlight during Your Next Job Interview

Author: Laurie Knafo/Wednesday, February 01, 2017/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Job Seekers, Industry Trends, SNI Certes, For Job Seekers, Industry Trends, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Once you have been invited to a face-to-face interview, we can probably assume you have the technical skills to successfully fill the open job for which you are being interviewed. You’ll be prepared with examples of how you have positively impacted your previous employer, the necessary skills you possess, and your relevant education.

If the hiring manger didn’t think you had the potential to do the job well he/she would never have wanted to meet you in the first place. So, let’s step away from those how-to’s of the practical interview – Let’s talk about some of the less obvious soft skills you should be showcasing during the interview process.

  • Strong communication skills. Are you well spoken? Confident, but friendly? Practice speaking some of your interview answers out loud. Obviously, consider your grammar and tone. Express yourself calmly and well. Communication is key. Work on it.

  • Convey a strong work ethic. Use your strong communication skills to tell your interviewer you are motivated, conscientious, and will get the job done. Let them know you have a solid work ethic, and continue to prove it when you get the job!

  • Upbeat Attitude. Be positive and upbeat. Be optimistic.

  • Be Resourceful. Be ready to talk about how you can take ownership of problems should they arise and creatively solve them.

  • Demonstrate active listening. We have talked about this skill in previous blogs. Active listening means listening to learn and really hear what the speaking is conveying. Resist the temptation to jump in and start talking. Actively show non-verbal signs that you are listening; make eye contact, lean slightly forward with good posture, keep a positive facial expression, and refrain from fidgeting. Keep your attention on the speaker.

  • Show your collaborative style. Exhibit that you work well with others and are a team player.

Take the time to actually think about the soft skills you possess and those which require some improvement. Now, work on consciously improving your soft skills every day, not only will this improve your chances of landing that next great role, but improve your daily life as well!

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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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