How to describe yourself during a job interview to highlight your skills

Posted by Fed Finance Canada in Our employment advice
Posted at 26/08/2019
How to describe yourself during a job interview to highlight your skills
A job interview is an often stressful but necessary step in almost all professional careers. It is an opportunity that the employer gives you to persuade them: seize it.

If you want to have the best chance of success, you will have to make an impression on the employer, who may have met other candidates. You will therefore have to provide them with as much relevant information as possible so that they will remember you. There is no mystery to this: be concise. Try to build a common thread that will connect everything you say in your presentation; ideally, start with a personal trait and work your way up to your career plan.

You can describe yourself during a job interview in three steps:

Describe your current situation and personality

First, you should describe your current situation as a candidate for the position. You can start by saying who you are, what character traits qualify you and what you are looking for right now. Don't go into too much personal detail: you're not on a dating site, but with an employer, so stay professional.

Don't forget to be human! This may seem obvious, but the ability to adapt to a team or work environment is very important to get a job. You will therefore have to show that you not only have the training and experience to work in a company, but also the values and suitability.

Talk about your career path as it relates to the job offer

After discussing your current situation, you will need to share your experience. However, avoid repeating your CV: the employer is looking at it. If you were asked to come, it was so they can learn more.

Start by discussing your academic background by answering these questions yourself: Why did you study? What did you get out of it? What tools and knowledge have you acquired? Always try to direct your answers to the position to be filled, when possible. Be careful, don't overdo it! If you are constantly trying to enhance the value of the position without it being relevant, it could make you lose credibility. 

Next, describe a professional experience related to the position. Explain how it helped you acquire new skills, while justifying your departure from the position.

Explain the motivations that led you to apply

After talking about the past, turn your presentation towards the future, always following your common thread. Explain your motivations by describing why you became interested in the position. This is the time to connect with all the information you have given so far to show what you can bring to the company.

However, be careful not to focus the interview only on your aspirations and skills. You don't want to sound narcissistic. It's all about balance: without devaluing yourself, show that can remain humble while emphasizing your abilities.

Adapt and describe yourself appropriately for each job interview

Every employer is different and you will have to adapt yourself to the interviewer, the offer and the type of company you are applying to. Adjust to the atmosphere of your future workplace: a start-up will not have the same way of doing things as a large accounting firm, to take a case of two extremes.

At Fed Finance, we believe in the potential of all candidates. Our experts are dedicated to providing you with all the tools you need to get the job you want. Contact Fed Finance for help with your job application process.