Selling Yourself in an Interview


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Selling yourself during the interview is the most critical part of implementing your career or job change. This is your opportunity to convince the interviewer on why you are the best person for the job. Now is not the time to be passive. Avoid bragging and coming across like a know it all, but be assertive, not aggressive. Below are some tips to help you sell yourself and land that dream job.

 

  • Do your research on the company and the job description for the position you are applying for.
  • Practice! Practice! Practice! Review our article on potential interview questions and answers. Your answers should be precise, relevant and approximately 60 seconds in length.
  • Proper interview attire shows that you take the interview process seriously. Even if the environment is a casual one it’s better to be over dressed than under dressed.
  • Show up on time! Arrive to the interview 10-15 minutes early.
  • Exhibit good body language. It's important to connect with the person who might hire you. Shake hands, make eye contact, exhibit confidence and engage the person you are speaking with.
  • Be confident not arrogant. Let the interviewer lead. 
  • Focus on your skills and experience that are relevant to the position.
  • Make the connection!!! Express to the interviewer how you can make an immediate impact if given the opportunity. Focus on what you can do for the company not what the company can do for you.
  • Talk about the accomplishments, relevant skills and training that you have acquired. This is a good opportunity to set your-self apart from other candidates.
  • Review our article on Common Job Interview Mistakes to avoid these pitfalls.
  • Be prepared to talk about your strengths and weaknesses. Demonstrate examples of your strengths and what steps you are taking to overcome your weaknesses, such as taking a computer class, obtaining a certification, or going back to school.
  • Listen meticulously and answer the question that was asked. Avoid forming your response until the interviewer has asked the question completely. Rambling and talking about matters that are not relevant to the specific question can come across as being inept or show ineffective listening skills.
  • Relax! Don’t be afraid to smile and enjoy yourself. This will put you and the interviewer at ease and allow for a more productive interview.
  • Speak with confidence. Communicate clearly.
  • Ask questions. Asking the right questions will show confidence and interest in the position and the company. Asking the wrong questions or no questions at all can show laziness or a lack of preparation.

 

Article by Fort Bend Works




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