During Job Interviews, Be Specific About Your Achievements
February 2nd, 2009 by lewisTweet
The Careers Group Library Blog has a wonderful blog post on how to answer difficult job interview questions. Elaborating on tip #5, many candidates discuss their achievements in the language of “we” not “I.” For instance, job interview candidates often explain, “we discussed our options, we decided this by vote, we did this.”
Given today’s team-oriented environments, it’s natural to speak in “we” language. But as a hiring manager, I want to know a person’s specific contribution to a project:
- Were they the leader or follower in the project?
- Did the phenomenal results come from a new process the candidate invented?
- Are the results simply an output of a process perfected by someone else?
Don’t be modest. It’s your job interview, and take individual credit where credit is due.
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