Fallen into a rut? Feeling ordinary? Uninspired? Bored? Trust me, anyone interviewing you can sense the way you feel about yourself and that can override your skill set. For you next interview, make sure you add a little of this:
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Brian Clapp, WorkinEntertainment.com Director of Content: If you’ve spent any time reading the content on the WorkInEntertainment blog, you probably know by now that I am a huge advocate of job candidates having tangible skills. Things you can do, tasks you can accomplish, skills you can execute on – those are important things for employers to see when they are looking to hire someone.
But, technical skills are only part of the equation.
Passion, creativity, integrity – some of these soft skills are what employers need to see exist as part of the process. They feel they can teach someone how to execute a skill, but they can’t teach them passion.
What you need to be able to do during the interview process is to exude excitement and enthusiasm. Don’t be afraid to show that you have a passion for this job and this industry, that sort of thing energizes an employer. They look at it and think, ‘this person is excited to be here, they are excited about their job, they are excited about the task and the challenge ahead, I can work with that.’
Passion can speak volumes and sometimes overcome a lack of technical skills. So while I am still a huge advocate of having a wide array of tactical skills – I would still say what you really need to exude is passion.