Thursday, May 2, 2013

Selling yourself for a job Interview

Just home from a suppose job interview for a BPO company, since it was postpone for next week I decided to just simply read tips online on how to sell myself for a job interview-end up blogging instead haha.


It is always said that whenever you have a schedule job interview, preparation is the key. So I have compiled tips from online, 
 Know the company

  How is it performing? What is its mission statement and who are its customers? What are the interviewer's priorities and responsibilities? The more you know, the more you'll be able to ask informed questions about the job. You just don't simply throw yourself on something you don't have any idea with.

Make a winning first impression at the interview.

Be prompt, make eye contact and give a firm handshake. Dress one notch above what's expected for the position you're interviewing for. Do not overdress. You may end up getting all the attention on your dress rather than on your resume.

Master a one-to-two-minute "commercial" about yourself. 

Almost certainly you will be asked to respond to some version of the “Tell me about yourself” question. Memorize a short description of your background (education, experience, and skills) that matches your strengths to the job. Add a sentence or two about your curiosity, commitment, and drive to build mountains atop your already good skills base.

For example, don't just say you "work well with others" -- talk about the types of teams you've worked with and what you've learned from them. Or if you plan to say you're "detail-oriented," come to the interview prepared with a story about how your attention to detail saved a former employer money (or otherwise saved the day).

 Use positive scripting.

For example, whenever you give out your educational background information stress out the word CHANCE instead of saying I am an undergraduate.

I had a chance to study at______________ .

Be a perfect match for the job. 

Ask probing questions to demonstrate a genuine interest in the position. In the process, interview the interviewer to find out why the position is open. Get a sense of what the turnover rate is at the company, what the position's job track is, and how the company keeps its employees happy. You're trying to find out if you want to work for that company as much as they're trying to find out if they want you.

Develop a storytelling knack. 

Prepare short little true stories that support your claims of relevant skills and accomplishments. I always do this just to fill in the silence during the interview, however be always mindful that in doing so you risk blurting out harmful information. Be extra careful with the topic.

Be Aware of Nonverbal Communication

You say a lot about yourself with nonverbal language: your posture and your facial expressions, for instance. Sit up straight -- leaning forward can make you seem closed off, as can holding a briefcase or purse in your lap. Maintain eye contact when answering interview questions, and smile frequently. Also, practice your handshake with a friend: An overly aggressive handshake can be as off-putting as a limp one.Be keen.


Show the act of commitment: 
 
This is the close of the "sale." Make a statement such as, "If I can arrange my schedule to start on the date you would like and my references check out can you think of any reason why you wouldn't hire me?" Unlike most interviews that end with the interviewer saying, "We'll call you," this closing approach allows for honesty between you and the interviewer. You're communicating your interest in the position and if he or she is interested in you, you'll most likely get an indication at this point. 



Above all remember this:
 
Telephone interviews, preparation of written material such as the resume, networking, research, and good grooming--they're all important. But selling yourself during the interview is the most critical part of implementing your career or job change. 

1 comment:

  1. I have read a lot about tips and I gree on this too. nice one. I followed your blog.

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Hi!

you have a very nice blog.. love those pictures... take care.. xoxo

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