Mastering the interview introduction

Your guide to interview success

In today’s competitive environment, the interview process is where you have the ability to set yourself apart from the pack. Your resume got you to the interview and now it is time to demonstrate your skills and unique strengths. The following guide contains information to help you present your capabilities and showcase your talents during the interview process. Use these tips to project your unique version of the traits desired and clearly demonstrate what you have to offer a potential employer to win the position.

Employers often seek certain characteristics in their ideal candidates. Being prepared to discuss business situations where you have excelled in these areas will help you during the interview process.

  • Leadership
  • Initiative and self-motivation
  • Creating positive change
  • Enhancing performance and setting an example
  • Prioritizing goals for self and team
  • Technical and analytical skills
  • Team player attitude
  • Decision-making skills
  • Independence/initiative
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Confidence
  • Business acumen
  • Integrity
  • Conflict resolution
  • Proactive ideas and actions
  • Project management skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and take direction
  • Ability to accept constructive feedback

Often the questions interviewers ask are designed to help them learn about a particular characteristic or thought process. Some of the most commonly asked interview questions can be the hardest to answer.

“What is your greatest weakness?” “Why should we hire you?” “Tell me about yourself.” These questions provide you an opportunity to present yourself at your best, but they also present a huge challenge. The answers you give to your interview questions will lead the company to assumptions about your work ethic, attitude, and proficiency.

“Tell me a little about yourself”

This is one of the most commonly asked interview questions. Your answer should be related to your professional life, including education, career experience, and professional goals. Include qualifications relevant to the position you are interviewing for and skills or characteristics that would be beneficial to the company. Avoid detailed personal information.

“Why should we hire you?”

Reaffirm that you are a good candidate for the position with your answer. Provide examples of skills that will be valuable in the position, and remind the interviewer of your strengths and relevant experience. Highlight your best qualities and qualifications for the position. Avoid giving generic responses by keeping your answer concrete with examples and specific skills that relate to the position.

“What is your greatest weakness?”

Your answer to this question can tell the interviewer how you view yourself, how you view others, and how easy it will be to work with you on a day-to-day basis. Avoid discussing personal weaknesses and focus on a particular professional skill that you are working to improve. Describe how you have overcome the issue in a positive manner - try to avoid negative language in your description - and use a specific example in your answer.

Take time to prepare comments about your skills and experience, display respect and courtesy to those you encounter, and help them see why you are the perfect choice for their open position.