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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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