How To Sell Yourself in a Job Interview

Nowadays, the standards in finding a good job are highly competitive. If you are an applicant, chances are quite not high especially if the competition in getting the desired position arises. The only way to better your odds in this arena is to make yourself marketable to a potential employer. By taking this guide into consideration, you will have an edge on how to market your skills to get the desired position.

  • Character and qualities. A job applicant should have a potential, yet how does he show that he has potential? A resume or curriculum vitae, no matter how extensive or lengthy they may be is an effective tool to determine your qualities and capabilities. It may not be enough to impress a hiring manager but this is a good starting tool. What he is seeking is the character of the applicant once they come face to face.
    • In selling your skills, being passive by having the tendency to brag about achievements may not win you a job, so it is best to strike the balance between those two aspects. A hiring manager is a keen observer of character.
    • Keep in mind that first impressions always last, so on the day of the interview, you have to be confident, calm, focused, and have the energy to step up to the plate.
    • Without exaggerating yourself, you can speak of your achievements and skill sets in a calm and collected voice. Take the talking lead at right moments in the course of the interview, emphasize the skills and “assets” you have that could help the employer, and have that character that best reflects the job. You must make the employer believe that you have legs, you have potential, and have the right attitude to go along with the job.
  • Appearance. To assume that the appearance is irrelevant to employment is wrong, for the typical hiring manager who considers the looks of any applicant as part of the screening process. If you come well-groomed, alert, smelling good and clean, wearing the right dress code and all and if you could come to work in the same manner you dress for the interview, the hiring manager will size you up. He will not hire anyone with less than the proper dress code and hygiene, unless the job position is probably informal or in a creative position and artistic eccentricities are expected. If the company is avant-garde, the employer is eccentric and has explicit instructions on unusual dress codes.
  • Research. Before you apply for the job you want, look first into the company, including its profile, products and services, work atmosphere, employee benefits, goals and future vision, and so on. It also helps to consider the competitive arena in which the company is in, what other competitors the company is facing, and current trends that drives the company’s industry. Finally, consider whether the company could meet your needs and vice-versa.
  • Knowing what to expect. Some hiring managers have stock questions that you must have an answer to anticipate. You may answer them, but keep in mind that they are looking for any signs in your character, what strengths and weaknesses you may have by your body language, gestures, mannerisms, and the tone in the way you talk, especially when you react to a question. Some of these managers will also take note of your facial expressions and how do you use your eyes – keep favorable eye contact with the manager. All of these factors are included in the manager’s assessment of your overall value as a potential employee.

All in all, with these few considerations in mind, you can come prepared for the interview, but should you lose that first chance at employment, there are other job vacancies waiting for you to go for.


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