"I have strong time management skills"

Time management is more than just completing tasks on time. An employer cares about how you spend the time leading up to a deadline as well.

Demonstrate your strength in this area by sharing how you prioritize your daily tasks.
Using the 80/20 rule for project prioritization can show how you best schedule your time to give your full attention to critical project tasks.

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"I’m a good problem solver"

Focusing on problem-solving implies that a candidate possesses secondary skills including critical thinking, strategic thinking, and leadership.

Demonstrate your problem-solving abilities by sharing the results of the problems you solved. 

Communication encompasses not only speaking skills, but also your ability to lead, critique, and ask for help. Being adept in various communication methods also shows emotional intelligence.

Hiring managers want to know that you will be trustworthy in your position.

To demonstrate your honesty, consider sharing a time when you made a mistake and how you resolved it. It will show your ability to handle difficult situations, and the ability to learn from it.

Determination shows that the applicant knows what they’re looking for in their next role and beyond. 

Demonstrate your determination by sharing where you see yourself in the future. Hiring managers want to see applicants who aren’t just looking for longevity with a company; they’re searching for someone who has future plans that they are working towards.

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What you should not say
  • Starting with something personal like family or hobbies, or launching into your life story.
  • Sharing the problems with your current job.
  • Summarizing your resume, point-by-point. Assume that your interviewers read your resume before inviting you in for the interview.

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  • Move from personal to professional. After sharing a few interesting personal aspects, mention some key professional skills that would help you to add value.
  • Share your expertise which would help you to excel in the job for which you are interviewing.
  • Be brief. Be more specific about your strengths as the interview unfolds.
  • Be honest.
Some people have an “envision strength." 

These folks are visionaries who get energy and solve problems by asking and answering the question, where do we intend to go and why?’ It is common to find these strengths with strategists, marketers, and CEOs.

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