There are many things that you cannot easily demonstrate during the interview. Since you are just answering questions or having a discussion with the interviewer, you are only limited in words on how you can really demonstrate certain characteristics. One of those things is your leadership skills. Being a leader cannot just be proven with a single story, a true leader is known through their character and how they work with the team – these things are very difficult to be realized by the interview.
But difficulty in demonstrating your leadership skills is only difficult and not impossible. There are certain things that you can do during the interview that will boost your chances of showing that you are indeed a true leader.
• The Unspoken Word
As a candidate, you are only judged by the way you present things. You are also judged on your movements. If you want to be regarded as a leader, you have to move like a leader. Although you do not have to be bossy during the interview just to show your leadership skills, you need to move like are in authority. Sitting straight and answering questions without any hint of doubt are ways of showing that you are indeed a leader.
Leaders are not fashion models but they should know how to dress for the occasion. If you are called for an interview for a business that requires a specific type of clothing, do not hesitate to do so. But if you want to be in the safe side, show up in business attire. It is already a cliche but if you wanted to be regarded as a leader, you need to dress like one. The business leaders that are not required to be in this type of dress are usually those that have been in the industry for years that they are greatly recognized and you are nowhere near that status.
• Role Models
If you think the company is focusing on leadership skills on the available position, be prepared to have a role model. There is a possibility that you will be asked if there is anyone that you really regard as a good leader. This answer could make or break your chances of getting hired.
There are business leaders whose philosophy of leading the company is directly against the belief of the company you want to work for. Research a little bit on their philosophy on leading so that you can have a leader that is in tune with the company’s expectations.
Although what you say and how you say things are not really the determining factors if you do have the leadership skills they need, confidence will greatly boost your chances of being regarded as a great leader. A leader knows how to react to certain situations and will not hesitate to stick with what he or she believes in. If you are a leader, it should naturally show on how you handle questions during the interview.