How to Sell Yourself in an Interview
Selling yourself in the interview is an important skill that all job seekers should master, however; convincing an interviewer that you’re the right person for the job can be an uncomfortable experience. While you should sell yourself during an interview, you must be careful to remain modest. When preparing for your interview you should gather your documents, brainstorm questions, and prepare examples of your best qualities and work experience.
Bring Your Personal Documents
Don’t come to your interview empty handed. You should bring copies of your resume to your interview in case your interviewer did not. Failure to bring copies of your resume to the interview demonstrates a lack of planning and preparedness at a basic level. An article posted by Glassdoor recommends that you bring business cards to pass out during your interview. These documents establish your personal brand which helps your interview stand out from the rest. If you’re a security sales professional, bring a copy of any awards or letters of recommendation in a portfolio to the interview.
Define Your Best Qualities
According to David Schawbel, author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success, you should “approach your interview differently than others by defining who you are and what you’re the best at, and communicating that to the people who are interviewing you.” Emphasize the skills that make you a unique and credible candidate for the position.
Ask Your Own Questions
You’re not the only one being interviewed. As a job seeker, you should ask your interviewer questions about the position, workplace and routine tasks. Your questions will tell the interviewer that you are a serious candidate and gives you an opportunity to say something about who you are. Here are some examples of questions you could ask during an interview:
- What is a typical week like?
- What is the number one achievement you would like to see after my first 90 days on the job?
- How would you describe the organizations culture?
Share Your Experiences
While you should share experiences from your past, you should avoid repeating information that’s already on your resume. You can use examples of your past work to facilitate your answer to a question. This shows the interviewer how you operate in the workplace. According to an article published in the Harvard Business Review, you should tell stories that cover situations, tasks, achievements and results from your previous industry experience.