20 Apr 5 Skills Young Professionals Need to Highlight at Interviews
When young job seekers enter the marketplace, they often aren’t prepared for what the interview environment expects of them. After all, they’ve never done this before.
Sure, they’ve prepared answers for the most expected interview questions and get all dressed up, but what other skills do they need to highlight during their interviews?
Today, we’ll go over a few areas young applicants can tighten up to make them look less inexperienced and more polished and professional.
1. Watch Your Body Language
While your verbal cues are one thing, your body language might be telling a different story. Be aware of your facial expressions, posture, hand gestures, and positioning. It’s even a good idea to practice your interview in front of a camera before going into the real situation so you can study your body language along with your responses to questions.
Be sure you’re not:
- Looking down
- Crossing your arms
- Swaying or bouncing a leg
Instead, try to keep your body language calm and composed throughout the interview.
2. Showcase Your Ability to Learn
One of the biggest concerns for employers is the amount of training a young employee requires. But if you can highlight your ability to learn quickly and teach yourself proactively, you’re letting the employer know you’re a go-getter. Even better: Have hard examples of this concept that have led to positive results. Showcase a time you exhibited self-starter qualities and how it impacted your experience.
3. Stay succinct
When we get nervous, we tend to ramble. Remember that your interviewer is on a tight schedule, so your questions should get right to the question you’ve been asked. Take a moment to pause and consider your words before launching into a response. This shows that you’re not someone who rushes his or her thought process, too. If you do get off track, find a way to wrap things up quickly.
4. Use Storytelling
You can showcase your creativity and skills by responding to a question with a relevant story that highlights a time you handled a situation. This makes you more relatable and shows that you understand the importance of real-life application. However, you must remember to keep it short and sweet—no rambling, please.
5. Be Confident
While you might not have the most experience in the world, you can enter your interview with an air of confidence that really wows your interviewer. Something as simple as eye contact can make a strong impression. Don’t highlight your lack of experience, but rather speak to what you’ve learned in the past and what you hope to learn in the future.
If you can stick to these tips, even as a young candidate, you’ll be sure to be a contender with more seasoned competitors. Just because you’re young doesn’t mean your skills aren’t as important or valuable to a company. Find a way to present yourself as a viable option for your dream job—and don’t be afraid to go for it!