One of the qualities that have become increasingly important for companies when hiring is demonstrated leadership ability. Companies are looking for people who have the skills to get things done, motivate others, and innovate in a changing economy.
So, when interviewing, you should demonstrate your leadership skills. Here are a few ways to do that.
1. Talk about how you demonstrated leadership in the past
It doesn’t really do much good to tell a hiring manager that you have leadership ability. What will really carry more weight is giving concrete examples of how you demonstrated your leadership skills.
For example, you could talk about how you led a team in a major project, the work you did in planning, organizing, and executing the work. If you’ve had a leadership role in a volunteer organization, you should highlight that as well in the interview and give details of what you accomplished in the role.
2. Use facts and figures
This is a standard operating procedure for any accomplishment you want to talk about, and it holds true for leadership as well. For example, if you led an effort that increased revenue for your former company, you need to provide numbers.
In the same way, if you led a team of people, you need to be specific about the number of people under you, and how long it took you to complete the project.
3. Focus on decision-making ability
Leadership also involves the ability to make good decisions, handling all of the issues and minor crises that might develop on a daily basis. So in addition to talking about your big projects, you also want to talk about the decisions you make on a day-to-day basis. And you want to supply some examples of how you exercise leadership every day.
4. Exude confidence
Leaders are confident, decisive, calm, and poised, even in the face of adversity and crisis. These are the qualities we expect from leaders, so you want to demonstrate them during the interview.
How do you do this? The best way is to be well prepared, so that you can answer questions in an assured and confident tone. Study the job description so you thoroughly understand what is required. Also, practice answering interview questions that you are likely to get.
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