Job Interviewing and Self-Promotion

Any career search, especially the interviews, can be anxiety-producing and nerve-wracking, but when you change your perspective slightly and look at job interviewing from a different angle, it can suddenly seem a lot easier to deal with.

Thinking through the process

When you're thinking about career search, you're naturally thinking in terms of going out and hunting down a job and convincing the hiring manager that you're the right person. The focus is on the search, and then on the interviewer when job interviewing, rather than on you and what you can do.

Of course, some people are very uncomfortable with the idea of promoting or marketing themselves and you may be one of these people. But the fact is, when you interview for a job, you must put yourself forward as the best candidate, even if you secretly believe that there may be someone applying for the job that's more qualified, more experienced or a better fit.

If you're not willing to step up and endorse yourself as the best choice, it's going to be hard for anyone else to take you seriously and believe you're the right person to hire. Put like that, this is obvious, but when it's phrased as "You have to promote yourself," it's harder to grasp.

Arrive Early

One of the most important things to do when job interviewing is to arrive on time. And on time doesn't mean at 11 for your 11 o'clock interview. Actually, you are better off arriving 5-10 minutes earlier. If you have to, take the time to drive out to the interview location ahead of time in order to know the exact directions as well as the time it will take you to get there.

During the Process

During the job interview process, be sure to relax and remain as calm as possible. If you have to, take a moment to regroup when nerves build up. Maintain eye contact with the person interviewing you at all times. Pay attention such that you do not forget the question you have been asked. Be sure to listen to the entire question before you respond.

Don't be afraid to show your interviewers what you already know about the company. While responding to questions during the job interviewing process, be sure to relate what you know about the company to your answers. In addition, match your career accomplishments to the qualifications that the position requires. Be sure to follow up on the interview with a thank you note to reiterate your interest in the vacancy.

After the Interview

After you interview for a job you're often eager to hear how it went. Did you get the job? Will you get called for a second or third interview...thoughts continue to race through your head but at least for a moment your anxiety is released. Employers often take a lot of time before they decide to hire someone. This means you will, likely, have to wait longer than you want to find out if you landed a job, so don't get overly concerned if you don't hear back immediately. I recommend sending a thank you note to all the members of the interview, this can be done via email or with a thank you card or letter. When sending a letter or email make sure you address the person by their title and do a quick spell check to ensure proper spelling and send the thank you letter within 24 hours of your interview to keep your name in the mind of the interviewer. Also make sure you have included your name and contact information as well as a few sentences on why you feel you are a great candidate for their opening. Lastly don't over press the issue, as professionals we can get busy if you have not heard anything back after two outreach attempts don't become a pest by continuing to call and leave messages.

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