Technical Workers, use these soft skills in your interviews as well as on the job. You’ll win over your interviewer, co-workers, boss, and customers.
Empathy. Empathy is a skill that can be honed. If you understand how to incorporate empathy into your interview, you can form better connections with your interviewer. Not only that, but he or she will envision you as a team player, as well as capable of having insight about customers – both highly desirable traits. To be empathetic, simply take the time to tune in to your interviewer and the people around you. The added benefit is that when you take the focus off of yourself a little, you diminish any nerves about the interview.
Curiosity. Curious people innovate, learn quickly, grow, and work well with others. Don’t be afraid to ask questions in the interview, as you aren’t expected to know everything. Go into the interview hungry to learn about the person and organization you’re interviewing with.
Listening. Before you give your spiel about why you’re the best candidate for the job, listen carefully to what the interview is asking of you. Pay attention to what the organization needs. Repeat to the interviewer what you heard, to make sure you’re on the same page. Then provide a truly thoughtful answer that comes across as honest and custom, rather than a prepared speech. Interviewers know that good listening skills translate well into the work environment.
Use these skills in your interviews to land the job; then use them on the job to succeed at it.