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How to summarize your career path in an interview, according to Harvard

Date: March 24, 2023 Time: 22:27:09

When signing up for a job offer, you have to make sure that the offered position meets the criteria of our search as much as we meet the requirements specified in the offer. If we go to the next stages of the selection and, in the end, we end up called for an interview, it is important that we prepare well to leave the best possible impression on the interviewers.

Knowing what to answer and how, collecting our greatest achievements and of course, taking care of our aesthetics and presentation are key factors to embroider a job interview. Specifically, the first key of those just mentioned is very important, since the clearer and more concise we are in our answers, the better image of suitability for the position we will leave in the people in front of us.

There is always a question in which it is very possible to fail or, at least, it does not answer as well as it could. This is the summary of professional experience. When interviewers ask us to summarize our work life, the key is to avoid making a summary of our CV, since for this they have the physical or electronic CV that we have provided them.

How, then, is one to answer this question? The career specialist John Lees explains, according to the Harvard Business Review magazine, that two aspects must be taken into account: identifying what the company’s need is and knowing how to fill that need with our response. In other words, it is necessary to clearly identify what the company is looking for in the job profile it wants to hire and how our career path fits with their search.

Identify the business need

To identify the company’s need, the job description must be carefully repaired and expressions such as “required”, “must have” and “highly desired” must be detected. The lists headed by “what we are looking for” and “what we need” are also important. The search can be completed by visiting the company’s website and finding out the values ​​behind the line of work.

Once we are in the interview, the tone in which the conversation has developed can also be significant: if it has been an informal atmosphere, fun, serious…

Respond to the needs of the company

Once all these keys have been identified before and during the interview, we simply have to tailor our work experience to those salient features. For example, if you are looking for someone who knows how to communicate and who integrates into a group work environment and teamwork, we will highlight the work experiences that fit with those characteristics, those positions that we have held in which communication has been an important achievement. that we have achieved by working as a team.

The idea is to proactively listen to what the interviewer is telling us indirectly and know how to fit our personal experience. Of course, adjusting the facts does not mean lying, since, if we try to exaggerate or invent some anecdote to look good, we will probably end up getting caught and we will end up worse than we expected.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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