Things You Can Say That Will Impress A Potential
Some advice from the IAAP Education & Professional Development Department:
Potential employers are always looking for the candidate who will give them the biggest bang for the buck. Consider throwing in some of the following in your job interview to bolster your chances of being hired.
"I recently researched the most inexpensive conference calls. It was X cents a minute with the ABC company. I like finding ways to cut costs."
"Before I left my old job, it had been on my to-do list to compile a resource guide - with names and contact information for people inside and outside the company who could help us solve certain problems, like... That might be something that would be of use to you here."
"One thing that has been useful to me is a master to-do list where I list all the tasks I want to accomplish for the year and assign them dates so they don't get lost in the shuffle. For example, my list might include purging outdated files, updating contact lists with all pertinent information and comments, and creating a list of vendor and service contractors for everyone in the office."
"One valuable aspect of being a member of a professional organization...I have access to other professionals all over the world I can network with and get their help when I need information. They are really a great resource when someone is traveling to another city. They can give me names of lawyers, hotels, restaurants, and provide other details that make everyone's life easier."
"I'm very good at speed-reading and can abstract articles well. I know that I can save you time by pointing out the highlights and doing a lot of the preliminary review for you."
"I've always been good at asking people for money and free things...and getting them. I'd be a real asset to you in this business."
"My forte is handling details and coordinating projects and events. Here are some examples of what I've done in the past..."
"I'm always on the lookout for ways to do things better, faster, and cheaper. Some of the technology magazines I subscribe to (or read regularly) are X, Y, and Z."
"I like handling complex situations
and coming through for my employer in a pinch. One time that I
saved the day was..."
These are all things an employer would love to hear from an applicant...Think about how you could work them into a conversation.
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