'One thing' to say in job interviews that will 'change the game' according to expert

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When it comes to looking for a new job, it can be a pretty daunting experience.

From what to wear, what to say and what not to say, there's a lot to remember. And your aim is to stand out for all the right reasons.

To help, an expert has shared her opinion of what one thing you need to do in your next interview. Taking to TikTok, J.T. O'Donnell aka @j.t.odonnell said that when you're in an interview, they're trying to make sure you know how to learn and grow - even if it's from past mistakes - and it's moments of accountability (MOA) that could be their deciding factor.

She says: "That's why moments of accountability are really important for you to share when you're answering behavioral questions."

If you don't know what these type of questions are, they're usually along the lines of 'tell me about a time you failed on a job' or 'tell me about a time you had to work with a difficult customer', and so on.

With these question, they're not trying to trip you up with the job expert explaining: "What they're looking for is moments of accountability in your answers.

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"This isn't you saying you did anything wrong, it's saying that if I look back on that situation and I could do a do-over, there are some things I would do differently.

"Now that I know what I know, I've learned, I've grown, I've paid attention, I'm making myself smarter and more powerful by looking back on my past experiences and improving upon them."

If you have worked with a difficult customer in the past, O'Donnell says that your answer can include saying that perhaps you learned that you needed to listen more or plan something better such as if a project didn't go to plan.

If you, as she puts it, "own it", then it "shows that you are the kind of person that's going to be able to be honest with themselves in the job, grow on the job, you're just more valuable. Also you are way more believable."

She adds: "People who go into job interviews and act like they're completely perfect and don't think they have anything to learn or grow are not somebody anyone wants on their squad.

"So MOAs are the secret sauce...it will change the game for you."

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