Although your resume can land you an interview, you still need to go the extra mile to land a job. A job interview highlights your experience and background to show how fit you are for a role. Therefore, selling yourself to an interviewer shows how much of an asset you will be to a company and why you are the best fit for a role. Nevertheless, you don’t want to come off as arrogant or desperate.
How do you sell yourself without sounding desperate? Read on to learn failsafe hacks that leave a stunning first impression on your interviewer and increase your chances of landing your dream job.
As the saying goes, “dress how you want to be addressed,” the first impression you leave on your interviewers is your dressing. The work culture of a tech firm is different from that of a fashion magazine. It is best to research the company you’re interviewing for, understand their work culture, and look the part.
Your body language says a lot about your confidence during an interview. Interviewers watch out for non-verbal clues like your hand motions, tone of voice, and posture. Also, fidgeting comes off as you being unsure of yourself. Therefore, always maintain eye contact with your interviewer and sit in a position that shows you’re interested in the conversation.
Your self-introduction to a company is supposed to highlight your skills and strengths. Prepare a 30 to 60 seconds introduction before going for an interview. There is no “one size fits all elevator pitch.” Ensure your introduction addresses the company’s needs and the job responsibilities as listed on the job posting. You can practice your elevator pitch with a friend, in front of a mirror, or speak aloud to yourself.
Generally, interviewers ask questions about your previous work experience and projects you have worked on. Well, just because they are common questions doesn’t mean they should have expected answers. Preparing and practicing answers to these common questions help in making an impact on your interviewer.
It is best to highlight your contributions and performance metrics. For instance, you can talk about how you took action to increase sales and revenue. Also, you can take a second before answering your questions rather than diving in and rambling. It is best to wrap up your answers if you notice that your interviewer is getting bored.
Furthermore, most companies look for team players, detail-oriented persons, and self-starters. However, you should only use these terms to tell a story that highlights your strengths.
As much as you don’t want to sound arrogant during an interview, you don’t want to sound modest either. Discussing your accomplishments with your interviewer shows how well you will fit into a role. For instance, you can highlight your achievements by saying, “my work increased customer retention” or “I created a reliable sales funnel.”
However, if this sounds like bragging to you, you can highlight your accomplishments in terms of people’s comments. For instance, “my manager awarded me for my organizational skills” or “my coworker voted me as an employee of the year” also highlight your accomplishments.
In addition, if your prospective job role requires a portfolio, you should create a well-organized display of your achievements. A portfolio also helps you showcase your professional skills while giving you talking points during an interview.
You can stand out from your competition when you ask your interviewers questions. Your questions should be unique and show that you have researched the company and its products. For instance, you can ask about the company’s plans or discuss their products.
Landing an interview is only half the job. The other – and more important – half is nailing your interview. It is at this stage your prospective employer determines how fit you are for the role. Therefore, preparing for an interview cannot be overemphasized. The tips discussed in this article can help you prepare for an interview and stand out to your employer.
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