What evidence of your Microsoft Word skills could you offer in response to job interview questions?
“Pretty good, I guess” isn’t very precise, but without advance preparation, a mumbled vague response is the best you have.
You don’t even know exactly what advanced skill levels are for this particular interviewer and you don’t want to reveal your ignorance by asking. You don’t know exactly what they need you to be able to do. Very often, the interviewer doesn’t really know either! So they wait to see what you say and write that down and go on to the next question.
You are justifiably proud of your accomplishments and references and university degree. But wouldn’t it be beneficial to state very precisely what things you can do with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint Access, Publisher and Outlook?
What if you could say “I have all the Intermediate skills for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and basic skills for Access and Publisher. I have already sent you a PDF file that lists my Microsoft Office software skills in detail, along with a series of documents and projects that together are my “credential”.
It takes less than 30 seconds in the job interview to make that simple statement and communicates clearly to the employer that you have taken responsibility for identifying your skills.
Many employers don’t expect to train you in Microsoft Office skills after you are hired. That costs money and delays the day when you are “up to speed” and earning your keep.
A checklist of your current Microsoft Word skills can do more than prepare you to confidently and succinctly answer job interview questions.
6 Benefits of Defining your Microsoft Word Skills Precisely:
- Communicate current and relevant skill information.
- Leave the employer with answers to the questions they forgot to ask.
- Record details interviewers didn’t write down and don’t remember later.
- Motivate yourself to take responsibility for maintaining and expanding your competence.
- Create clear skill statements for your resume and cover letter.
- Provide valuable material for your career portfolio. You do have one, don’t you?
- Highlight specific Microsoft Office skills that you need to add soon.
Be prepared for Microsoft Office questions on the next job interview. See the checklists for Microsoft Word skills and other Microsoft Office software.