Interviews – Preparing to Discuss Your Accomplishments

Interviews – Preparing to Discuss Your Accomplishments

by: David Foresman, Acclivity Healthcare

Usually, going through the job interview process is a pressure-packed, stress-inducing and incredibly taxing experience. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Having a plan and spending ample time preparing beforehand can greatly reduce your anxiety at the most crucial time – during the actual interview. Doing so will allow you to put your best foot forward, and in turn lead to you making a great impression. There are many elements of an interview that can be uncomfortable and the conundrum of attempting to share your accomplishments, without seeming boastful, is no exception. Here are a few pieces of advice to consider before your next interview:

Let Someone Else Do the Talking for You:

Providing a recommendation or two is a great way to share your accomplishments with the potential employer without bragging. Bring them along with you and hand them to the interviewer at the beginning of the process. This will ensure they get noticed, whereas they might be overlooked if simply included with your resume.

Share Examples of Previous Work That Increased Revenue:

Money talks, in life and in interviews. Therefore, if you have done something to help a company cut costs or increase revenue make sure to tell your interviewer about it. After all, any potential employer will want to know the financial advantages of hiring you – someone who knows how to look out for a company’s bottom line!

Understand the Role and Share Relevant Accomplishments:

It is crucial that you understand the position you are attempting to acquire. If you aren’t sure what the potential job entails, feel free to ask your interviewer for details. If you do know the needs of the position, go through your work history in advance and take note of all pertinent details. This preparation will allow you to have a predetermined list of accomplishments that lend credibility to your qualifications and demonstrate why you would be successful in that specific position. Be sure to work a few of those accomplishments into the conversation and highlight them during the interview.

For example, let’s assume you are interviewing for an accountant position. If the interviewer asks “Why should we hire you?” you can share an example of a time you previously created a workable budget for an employer, which resulted in the success of a project and the company gaining additional revenue. If you have a strong grasp on the needs of the position you’d be stepping into, you can then explain how you would use a similar approach in your new position. This both answers the question and provides an accomplishment – a win-win!

Learn The Questions:

Speaking of questions, to accomplish the tip listed above, namely practicing how to work your previous professional examples into your interview answers, you should determine what questions are likely to be asked. Fortunately, many companies use roughly the same format for interviews, so you can be pretty confident that the following ones – or at least similar versions of them – will be asked:

  • How do you handle difficult situations?
  • Why should we hire you instead of another qualified candidate?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • Can you give an example of when you faced adversity at work?
  • What do you hope to accomplish in this job?

Now that you have a grasp on some of the basic questions that will be asked, you can practice how to work the accomplishments you made a list of during your preparation seemlessly into your answers. Be sure to mix it up a bit though, as doing so with every single question would seem a bit off-putting.

The interview process can be intimidating, especially in today’s market with such intense competition. However, if you prepare a sufficient amount it will make it easy to share accomplishments that are directly relevant to the open position. In addition, following the advice listed above allows you to do so without coming off as conceted. While simple, each of these steps is essential in preparing for any and every interview. If executed properly, you CAN ace that next interview!