Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Prospective employers can gather a lot of information about a person from an interview, but the most important is going to be what you share verbally regarding your experience and qualifications. Companies are interested in what you’ve done in previous jobs or in school. They want to hear about specific situations; how you handled them and what results you achieved. You will want to share success stories, but it also doesn’t hurt to include a time things didn’t go quite right, but you still learned from the experience. You will also want to describe your qualifications. Your job during the interview will be to convince them that you have the right skill set, attitude, experience and qualifications for the position. Basically, communicate why they should hire you over other applicants. To answer this last question, think of yourself as a product. Why should the customer (prospective employer) select you? Sounds easy, but this can be pretty tough, so practice. Answer the question out loud to yourself – do you sound confident?
While your words are the most important, it doesn’t hurt to focus on the non-verbal as well. After all, you only get one shot to make a great first impression. So, dress professionally and be aware of your body language.
Why do companies pay attention to all of this? Bottom line – they want to know that you are listening and understand their needs and have what it takes to do the job. They want to know you are the solution.
Best of luck!