Selling yourself in the interview
- Monday, 25 January 2016
“I don’t know how to sell myself!” It’s one of the most common complaints that we hear at ESE.
Most people tend to be successful and confident, but too modest when it comes to talking about themselves. In daily life, we are rarely called upon to list our strengths or outline our accomplishments. In fact, many of us grew up with the conditioning that it’s obnoxious to call attention to our achievements.
A job interview is unlike any other form of interaction. The interviewer wants you to communicate what makes you stand out from other candidates. Their job is to select the best candidate. It’s impossible to get a complete picture of anyone from a one hour conversation, so the interviewer has to rely on a limited set of data to make their decision.
This data which is the deciding factor on whether you get the position, is what you tell them in the interview. As a result, great candidates often get passed over for people with fewer overall skills but better presentation in the interview.
The good news is that it’s very possible to learn to “sell yourself” in a way that will still feel genuine. It’s not false representation; it’s about understanding what your key strengths are and being able to communicate them in a concise and compelling way.
Read this great article on Interview Tips called ‘Top Ten Interview Tips and Tricks’.