job interview skills

6 Must Have Soft Skills To Ace the Job Interview

By Raghuram Sukumar Job Interview Edit

Guest Post by Haley Gray – Duke Weekend MBA Student.

Here are a few helpful tips for Interviewing in the USA-

What to bring:

  1. A few copies of your Resume
  2. A folder to hold any papers or business cards you are given, and your resumes
  3. A small bag for your keys, etc
  4. A genuine smile, and a positive attitude

When you interview, there are generally several types of interviews you can face- panel interview, one on one, technical interviews, and behavioral interviews.

Most of the interviews we conduct here are a one on one technical and behavioral interview.

We try to get a good picture for your technical skills, but what we are really looking for are:

  1. Your ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  2. Your ability to learn new topics quickly- there is a steep learning curve here, and we are constantly learning new skills
  3. Your attitude
  4. Your fit within the team
  5. Whether you are a hard worker
  6. Drive and ambition, tempered with realism

Please note that most of these skills are “soft skills”.

I love getting people that are very strong technically, but they are of limited use to me, if they cannot work with the rest of the team, or are not a strong communicator.

I like to see people who are fun to work with, creative, and have drive to work hard, but also who realize that it will take time, and hard work to achieve promotions and getting ahead.

What do you think?

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