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Capability: It's not what you say, it's how you say it.

Updated: Jul 7, 2021

I know you've heard people say this: It's not what you say, it's how you say it.

Mmhmm...Let me share a little secret with you. It's the same thing when you interview for a promotion or a new job. I've been in the recruiting industry for years. My realist tip for you when interviewing: You have to answer your interview questions in a way that the interviewer wants to hear it. Interviewing is tricky. Literally, the Interviewer(s) already have an ideal answer in mind before they ask you the questions. They just want to know if you're going to hit the mark aka read their mind.'s not what you say, it's how you say it.

How do you do this? No worries, I's how:

  1. Job Posting/Job Description: When you answer the interview questions, use the keywords listed in the job posting and/or job description. This shows the interviewer(s) that you understand the skills needed to do this job (or perceived as needed...let's be real, most hiring managers want a unicorn for their jobs).

  2. Answer Confidently: Yes, I know you know this, but are you REALLY showcasing confidence when you answer your question? Use eye contact, don't hesitate, SMILE, and be firm when you talk about your experience and skillset.

  3. Concrete Examples of Results: You should be sharing examples to prove that you can deliver. Ie. I led a project with the goal of saving the department $XX. In 30 days, I was able to surpass the suggested cost-savings by $XX, XX more than the goal.

Ultimately, your goal is to close the gap of understanding between you and the interview panel. The whole point of the interview is to ensure they know you're more than capable of delivering results in this new role. Now, time to go and crush it, yeah? Here's to your next promotion/job!

This topic is from my Career Clarity Workshop. Interested in hearing more? Join the upcoming workshop here: .

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