How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview

1. Offer Solutions

Chances are the position you are applying for was created to help the company fill a need. That need might be long customer hold times or a need to decrease advertising cost while increasing effectiveness. Be prepared to answer questions that are targeted to how you can help the company achieve the goal of the position. It is also a good idea to mention some examples of how you might have helped achieve goals similar to this in the past.

Even if you are changing careers, there are non-industry specific problems that still need to be addressed. These include poor teamwork, employee management and project scope creep.

2. Detailed Answers

You want to avoid giving general responses, such as "Yes I can help with that" or "I am a team player". These phrases alone will not make you stand out from the crowd. You want to be able to back up your comments with solid claims that highlight your skills or characteristics. Telling stories from past experiences related to how you might solve issues is a great way to impress the company interviewer. Mentioning how you saved the company money is also a great story!

3. Know Your Greatest Achievements

It is a good idea to make sure you know these off the top of your head. This way when you are asked this question, which you probably will be, you are prepared to give an answer and not thinking about it for 5 minutes. You want to discuss how you may have designed award winning ads for a fortune 500 company, or how you have a blog site with thousands of viewers daily. Remember, the goal is to set you apart from your competitors. Just don't make up something that is not true... odds are it will come back to bite you.

4. Be Prepared to Discuss Your Resume

Many company interviewers will work top down from your resume. They want to hear about where you went to school, previous work experience, skill set and your characteristics. The company that is looking to hire you has no idea who you are, so you want to do your best to stand out as much as you can in a positive way. If the interviewer asks you a question about your resume, such as a previous employer, or a certain technical skill, be prepared to answer it quickly. That shows them you are confident in your work.

5. Be Self Aware

This should be common sense, but for some people it is not. When showing up for an interview look your best. Brush your teeth, smile, do your hair, and do not wear fancy jewelry or intense makeup. During the interview keep a smile on your face and do not slouch or make any facial gestures. These non-verbal clues can be picked up on and will harm you. It is a good idea to maintain eye contact, sit up straight and avoid an overly aggressive handshake. If you are the type of person who does not like to make eye contact, simply look at the interviewer's eye brows. To them, it will appear as if you are looking into their eyes.

6. Remain Positive

It is best to not complain about a previous position or a former supervisor. Doing this can make you appear disloyal and leave a bad taste in the interviewing companies mouth. If they ask you why you left your previous position, which they will, simply say that you were ready to move on to a more challenging position and advance my career. That certainly sounds better than "I left my other company because I was always fighting with my boss."

No matter how the situation goes, you want to remain positive during the interview. Just like a play or in music, if you miss a beat just keep going and forget about it.

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