Importance of Skills Emphasis on Job Interviews

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So, you have done your homework during your job hunt. Now your efforts are finally paying-off and you’ve been invited for the interview. You’ve gone all over the internet to look for possible questions and their probable answers. You now feel more confident about your chances of getting the job.

You’ve probably even noticed that different interviewers can use, and often do, different approaches. Nevertheless, you can fortune-tell what to expect. What you can expect is that somewhere, somehow the questions that deal or focus more on your skillset will come up.

You can bet on it or they will. Why do recruiters make it their business to spy on candidates’ skills? Why must you make most of the opportunity to sell your skills?

Skill emphasis during the interview is important to show the employer what makes you different from all the other job candidates. In this competitive world, companies search for the most qualified employees by weighing skills of the candidates and determining how they would benefit the company.

Remember, your résumé is just one of your marketing tools. It only gets prospective employers interested. Now the invitation to the interview is like being brought to the client and given an opportunity to convincingly get your prospective employers to see you as an investment.

Think of the efforts that a sales team puts into their presentations when they’re given an opportunity by their dream client. They put all their resources into such an endeavor. They work late. They research on their client so that they’ll sound more relevant on their big day. Winning over their prospect means everything.

Such a mindset will get you ready to sound competent on your big day. You’ll not only be able to articulate yourself well, you probably get hired. Getting that job should mean everything. Take an invite to the interview as an invite to a marketing presentation.

It is undeniable that, the majority of the top companies search for employers who stands out based from their expertise, ability to give new developments, and pleasing personalities that would enhance the organization.

And this makes a perfect business case.

To give you something from which to work on, note that skills are grouped into three kinds – knowledge-based, transferable, and personal traits.

1) Knowledge-based skills are those learned from experiences. These may include educational attainment, additional training, seminars attended, and other practices that you have studied to enhance your expertise.

2) Transferable or portable skills are those you bring to a specific job. This is the reason why interviewers ask, “What could you offer the company?” Transferable skills are important because companies strive to look for quality employees that would improve the development of the workforce.

3) Personal traits determine who you are. In a job interview, one of the most common things an employer says is “Tell me something about yourself.” Your response is vital because it would set the tone for the rest of the interview. Personal traits include good judgment, well organized, analytical, goal oriented, flexible, creative and many more. Try to sell yourself in as modest as possible within a limited time.

Treat your chance to an interview with the prospective employer like a salesperson or team would their dream client who will bring millions in cash. Getting that job is itself hard work. Remember it is by no means a life-and-death situation, so relax.


Teboho is a Social Worker, Writer and Inspirational Speaker. He is in pursuit of MSc. in Managerial Psychology. Graduates are able to apply psychological principles and methods to tackle challenges in the work environment and provide effective practical solutions. Acting as industrial-organizational psychologists.