Knowledge base

One of the strangest, and one of the most common, problems for interviewees is that they often don't recognize the value of their knowledge.

They could have been in their profession for years, doing things requiring a huge knowledge of their subject.

They're so used to doing that they assume it's part of life, and are barely conscious of the value of that understanding of their work. Some are so good at their work they can automatically perform very complex tasks that would baffle others.

Employers have the exact opposite approach to knowledge. They have a vested interest in the knowledge levels of their employees. They have to rely on that knowledge for the sake of efficiency, and to access information effectively.

Any job applicant with an obviously good knowledge base is an asset by definition, and will get an interview for that reason, if no other.

This is more than experience alone. It's also theoretical knowledge, which can be applied to emerging situations, and used for things like policy, or as part of management's own internal advisory system. It's particularly important in law, business, and government, where the working principles of any situation are part of the operational mix.

Your application, probably in the CV, will show you've developed a good working knowledge base.

Your qualifications are part of that. So are your work experience, and your examples of problem solving, achievements, and other instances where you clearly have to use your professional knowledge to deal with issues.

So what are your best examples of a really high level of knowledge?

How do you show a value for that knowledge?

There will be quite a few cases where you had to really use your brain and your knowledge to work with a situation. It's part of the realities of work, in any profession, that you're put to the test by the job itself.

These are the classic instances you need for your interview. Go through your CV, and find the most relevant, clearly defined, cases of having to use your expertise.

Now think how you'd explain them to someone who knows nothing about the individual cases.

In an interview with people in your own field, you can cut a corner or so, because they don't need some things explained to them.

But you need to be very clear. Professionals can also be more demanding about how you describe a situation.

For the sake of your own clarity, and to make sure you're proving your knowledge properly, make sure your required knowledge levels are obvious, when explaining your cases. This proves expertise.