Do Not Limit Yourself to Work Experience

A job interview will focus mostly on your professional skills and work experience. But this does not mean that you cannot talk about your personal life. If something from your personal life demonstrates some skill or value that would help you contribute or add value to the company, then you should find a way to share it.

For example, let’s say that you are in charge of a community organization that helps young boys and girls. If the interviewer asks you about leadership experience, then you probably want to talk about leading the neighborhood organization for boys and girls because it will most likely impress the interviewer by showing your leadership experience and your character. Sharing something from your personal life in this situation would be especially helpful if you do not have much professional leadership experience.

Think about what stories or things from your life will highlight your skills and qualities. You want to make a great impression and show the interviewer who you really are and how you can help the company.

Vocabulary from the Article

1. to be in charge of: to be responsible for something; to be the leader of something

  • He is in charge of this project.
  • She is in charge of the entire sales team.

2. character: the mental and moral qualities that an individual person has

  • The interviewer will try to find out what kind of character you have.
  • I can’t believe he lied. That is so out of character. He is usually very honest.

3. especially: a word used to single out one person, thing, or situation over all others

  • I love all holidays, but I especially love Christmas.
  • Everyone did well on the test, especially Mark. He got a perfect score.