How to Sell Yourself in an Interview
You’ve got the big interview and this could it be! Your one big shot for the right job that you’ve been dreaming to land. Feeling scared? Well, it is just normal to feel nervous and afraid for a job interview. As-long-as you are prepared, and you have practiced on what you are going to say and answer, there’s nothing to be afraid of when your job interview comes.
Your glowing recommendations and impressive resume might be enough for you to land and interview; however, they won’t let you get the job. When you are in hot seat, it only depends to you on how you are going to sell yourself. In so many ways, promoting is just like applying a job. So, when you are applying for a job, and have the chance for an interview with your employer or manager, it is also the best time to sell yourself. But, how are you going to do that? Perhaps, some of you are not yet familiar with the things that you really need in selling yourself to your potential employer, most especially if it is just your first time to experience a job interview.
When you’re having an interview, of course, in front of you is your employer or manager, so always aim to make a connection with your interviewer, and not just to impress them. When you are starting to sell yourself, make sure that you do it with confidence and conviction – to achieve the best result.
During an interview, you’ll need to begin focusing on a big picture of you, rather than worrying of all the small things which could go wrong while having an interview. It is your main job to do the selling process of yourself, claiming that you are the right applicant for that position. Who says that you do not have to expand your professional achievement during an interview? Just ensure that you have painted the very best picture of you, as possible.
Aside from this, when you are starting to sell yourself in an interview, reverse the role, rather than feeling like you are headed onto the inquisition, why not try taking more active roles during your interview by means of asking so many questions, in-order-to make sure that the job you’re trying to land is right for you. Also, to become an enthusiastic during your interview with your potential employer, you must just apply to a job that you are interested or passionate with. This would surely help you become completely engage during the process of your interview and ask further questions regarding the company or the position. It is always great to focus enough on few jobs which you want, and then fit your CV to every specific opening.
When you are searching or applying for a job, and have the opportunity for an interview, the best key is to become prepared. Always prepare yourself for every result that you will receive. Being prepared all the time also means, you have practiced a lot, with prepared interview questions. Also, ensuring that you will come on time during the day of your interview. Aside from that, being prepared in an interview means that you know exactly in your mind why you are applying for that specific job. Because, if you really understand the true reasons why you really want a job, then it would help you a lot in answering every question that will be asked by your interviewer.
To successfully promote yourself to your manager or employer during an interview, you must do these 5 important things:
- Know exactly your brand
Always keep in mind that the most productive and successful brand knows itself – their mission, values and purposes. Likewise, most of the employers are searching for individuals who know or live their own brand purposes, as with exactness comes passion.
- Know well your Audience
Having knowledge about your audience can help you a lot to achieve success in your interview. When you are going to have an interview, whether it is your first-time job or not, it is very important that you know something about the industry, the company and most especially your interviewer. It is even better if you know about their latest news, as these can all help you to become an effective speaker during your interview. Say for instance, your interviewer asks you to say something about their company, and you didn’t say anything, as you have no any ideas about their industry or what they are doing. That would be a great embarrassment on your part. Moreover, you would not create campaigns without even knowing anything regarding your consumers. Right? So, it is very important to know well your audience.
- Don’t tell; but, show
If you are telling a story to your interviewer, use samples that would illustrate your story. For example, it is very necessary to have collaborative style in work. However, if you only say that you are collaborative, then it would just sound empty or nothing, like you are dropping the buzzword in-order-to cover your base. But, if you’re going to say that you’ve been a captain of basketball team/you’ve been a great contributor in a large project in your previous job, that says more than a word, collaborative alone.
- Be a Good Storyteller
Like a brand, storytelling also plays a very crucial role during an interview. When you are in the hot seat, feeling so nervous, and almost don’t know what to answer, the best thing that you can do is to tell a story to your interviewer. Telling a story will not only help you to stay calm and relax, but this is also another great way for you to convince the employer or manager to give the position that you are trying to apply for in their company. So, think of your interview as a great opportunity for you to tell about your story. Every job seeker must present their attribute expressively, in such a way which makes the very powerful statements. Be enthusiastic. Be animated, and most importantly, be authentic.