You’ve got skills. Lots of them. But, how do you know which ones are most important to bring up in an interview? We’ve pooled a number of Manpower recruiters and here is what they had to say:
- Depends on the job. You will want to read the job description and pull out skills that are deemed critical or mentioned a number of times.
- Transferable skills. When you call out skills that can be applied to any job, employers will perk up. Skills like creativity, initiative, teamwork and problem solving are great to point out, but make sure you can back up your words with specific examples.
- Communication skills. Always found at or near the top of an employer’s list of desired skills. The more you can highlight your expertise and experience in this area, the better.
- Technical skills. Even if you are not a computer specialist, many of today’s desired skills focus on technology. Call out how you work with new computer systems, programs, apps, social media and more. More technical skills could equal more opportunities.
- Current skills. Don’t talk about your expertise in areas that really don’t matter anymore. Calling out skills that are assumed in today’s workplace or for computer systems and programs that no longer exist will make you seem out of date. For example, you may have been an excellent typist, but no one really cares about how many words you can type per minute. Focus on skills that everyone wants an employee to have for today’s world of work.
Overall note: It is important to keep in mind that just listing out some of these top skills or skill areas typically won’t be enough. You will have to provide examples, facts and figures to back up what you say.