Selling Yourself in Your Interview

Selling Yourself in Your Interview

While many of us think highly of our backgrounds and career, what we can bring to a potential company, at the end of the day, would you really hire yourself if you were at all honest with yourself? Most say yes, but is that the best answer? Let’s explore.

To answer that above question honestly, for your best in mind, it is all-important for job seekers (that is you) to take a few moments and re-assess what your are conveying when you walk in, talk about or even how you shake your hand with the HR Manager. Even how you take your lunch break.

You need to think about two imperative questions and their follow-up logical concepts to conclusion:

1) What really sets you apart from the competition? Meaning, can I convey my skills in the interview in-person better than the next guy?

2) Am I ready to take on this job? Meaning, is this company a good match for my overall personality and long-term goals?

Each interview, you must know, is different from the previous one and will not be the same at the next one. No company is the same since it is run by a very unique corporate culture. That is true. Keep in mind that employers doing the interviewing have different ways about how they conduct meetings with you. An interview is, in some sense, just another business meeting needed. Some HR Managers are more aggressive and to the point, while others are more laid back and just more chummy. I’ll now answer the two questions above in reverse order for you.

What you want from an interview is the ability to sell yourself, plain and simple but you need to know in your heart that this is a good fit and not just answering the interviewer’s questions. Is this company a good fit for you culturally, meaning the corporate culture. Are people eating at their desks while on lunch? Be sure to ask for a walk-around in the office if you really like the job before you leave, but if you find that workers in the office are doing that dreaded working-lunch, be sure to know that will be you in less-than-a-month if you get hired. Yes, the offer letter or interview at first glance looks good on paper, but are you ready to be at that desk you just walked by with her hair all-a-mess and looking stressed.

Sometimes you are going from one bad situation to a worse one, but it looks good because it is new.

Here is that second question for you to think about. If you go into the interview, know more about that company than the person hiring your. And make your points on why you’re the best candidate for the job and why a company is wisest to select you.

Secondly, I’d like to call-out your elevator speech of 20-25 seconds of your career highlights. You have to give her your highlights of your career. IF you leave the interview without your inquiry on your side, the HR Manager may see you as a passive candidate. This is not fair or right, but very very true. You need to be intelligently interested in the post. Not just answer all the questions and go on your merry way. She’ll see you as an uninterested candidate and not call you back. That’s why I suggested about to ask for a walk-around, and if you can, try to get the interview time around lunchtime. Very important. Why? I’d would want to know if the company culture has working-lunches. Doing that walk about shows you are interested, different than the others in the hiring pool.

Some take-aways to put on your Twitter feed if you want Milly… these are all less than 140 characters long… or put on your website with this or other articles.

#Company-Walk around and see if they are taking a lunch break or a working-lunch. Who wants to work during lunch?
#Interview-well by knowing more about the company than the hiring manager.
#Love your job or hate your job? Be sure the new one is not just like the old one.
#Interview: Be sure to send in a thank you note after your interview. A must!
#Interview: Don¡¦t just answer all the questions and go on your merry way.

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