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How to Demonstrate Your Leadership Skills in an Interview

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In today’s competitive job market, recruiters are actively scouting for candidates with strong leadership skills. In the process, it has become important for job seekers to demonstrate leadership skills to bag a job. Moreover, it is essential to demonstrate leadership skills through the résumé as well as during the interview.

How to Show Leadership Qualities through Your Résumé

Your résumé gives a sneak peek into your entire professional career and academic life. It is the first source of information for your future recruiter and therefore, instrumental in increasing your chances of getting the job.

Many of us aspire to be leaders in all areas of life that we take on. However, that path is sometimes easier said, than taken. The unique characteristics required to be an effective workplace leader aren’t always acquired naturally, they can be learned.

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Since first impressions can be created through the résumé, you must find ways to demonstrate your leadership qualities in it.

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You should not leave out important details pertaining to your job responsibilities and achievements in your résumé. Further, you should list out initiatives in which you played a key role or acted as a leader.

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The interview round is the trickier part where you need to be extra careful in how you present yourself. Apart from choosing your words carefully, you should carry yourself in such a way that the recruiter can assess your skills easily.

Here are some useful tips to help you present your leadership qualities.

Mention Volunteering Work

Volunteering for any work is a sign of a great leader. You don’t have to necessarily list out official work you volunteered for. Rather, you can mention any corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities you spearheaded at your workplace. If you are a member of any nonprofit organization, you can also mention that in your résumé.

“Volunteering can help you demonstrate and build skills that can help you land a new job or advance at your current company. It can also show you’re a go-getter who takes initiative to keep busy and make yourself useful. This week’s news roundup brings you articles that discuss research and expert insights on the career benefits of volunteering.” – Monster.com

Provide the Reference Details of Your Subordinates

Nothing works better than real-life testimonials. To win the trust and confidence of your future employer, you should demonstrate that your team could vouch for the brilliant job you have done at your current or previous workplace. A simple way of achieving this would be to provide references of your subordinates or team members whose work you have supervised or reviewed.

Briefly Mention Your Team and Job Role

A simple tip will be mentioning the team you handled and your responsibilities as the leader. You can simply write that you handled a team of a certain number of resources and point out all your key responsibilities. This will give the recruiter a clear idea about your leadership qualities.

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While discussing this topic, avoid getting carried away and focus more on how the job was accomplished and discuss your approach to ensure its success.

Work on Your Body Language

A recruiter forms a picture of the candidate through his/her résumé and it is essential to match the picture he/she has in mind. A good leader is perceived as a confident and positive person.

During your interview, you should remember this and speak with a lot of confidence to win over your interviewer. However, do not come across as an over-confident or dominating leader who people will be afraid to approach.

A Good Leader is Great at Many Things

But you can’t take all the credit. Enumerate your team’s achievements, rather than speaking of how you have got the job done with success.

You should also ask questions about the team you would be a part of and show some keenness to understand its dynamics. This will boost your future employer’s confidence and project you as a more involved leader.

A good leader is great at many things. However, the most important thing perhaps is his ability to connect with people and make them feel confident about their jobs.

You should bear this in mind and work on your résumé as well as the interview rounds. By having a well-thought strategy in place, you will find it easier to bag the job and get your desired role.

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