When preparing yourself for a job interview, one of the most important things you need to take in consideration is how to adapt your previous working experiences to the requirements of the current job that you are applying for. In most cases, during the course of the interview, you will be presented with questions in which the interviewers will try to get you to talk about your past professional and probably personal experiences. When this happens, the best way for you to deal with is to dust off your salesman’s skills and start selling yourself to them.
No, I didn’t mean selling yourself as if you were selling a chocolate bar to your neighbor. I meant selling yourself as if you were the best invention after the microwave. By doing this you not only will be making sure to get their full attention during the interview but, at the same time, you will be proving them that, at the end, you are the best candidate for the position. The truth is that practicing good selling is a skill that human beings use in every aspect of their lives, and a job interview should be one of the best places to put in practice that life surviving skill.
If you are getting ready to go to a job interview, continue reading. Below, I will share with you three (3) important reasons why you should never “sell” yourself short during an interview.
1) It helps interviewers and hiring authorities to get to know things about you that were not in your resume. Unless you tell them how good you are at what you do or at what you used to do, they will never know. Resumes tend to be sometimes a little cold and impersonal. Having the opportunity to hear what you have to say about yourself could be what they need to be able to decide if you get the job or not. On the other hand; your resume may have brought more questions than answers and if that is the case, selling yourself short during the interview will not provide those answers that they may be looking for. It may leave them more confused or perhaps, questioning themselves if you really have what it takes to perform the job that your are applying for.
2) It will provide the interviewers the necessary information they need to decide if you are a good fit for their company or not. Again, selling yourself too short will prevent you from successfully selling the product (in this case, you) to the prospect buyers. If you sell yourself short, you may be wasting a great opportunity to make that important sale. Don’t make the mistake to allow another salesman to get them the wrong product. You want to sell “your” product so prepare yourself to do it right.
3) Even if you get hired, selling yourself short may prevent you from getting a higher pay offer. This is a big one. As we all know, some companies use the selected candidate’s past job experiences, expertise, and education when establishing the pay offer. Your mission is not only to get selected for the job, but also to impress them good enough so that you can get an outstanding offer. The truth is that getting the job should be your first priority, but getting a good pay offer should be your final mission.
As you can see, my dear friends. Getting yourself ready for a job interview is not as difficult as it may seems. It just requires dedication, perseverance, and willingness to show people what is that you have to offer. This is not the time to be shy or to be modest about your experiences, skills, and abilities. This is the time for you to shine to be able to get the job offer that you have worked so hard to get.
One thing you need to take in consideration is that there is a fine line between being proud of who you are and about the things you have accomplished in life, and another is being arrogant and self-center. The idea here is to prove the interviewers that you are the most qualified person for the position, but without sounding cocky or overconfident.
Go ahead; put your best dress on and go and show them who you really are. But remember; good attitude, humility, and a great presence will probably get you the job; arrogance, cockiness, and a self-centered attitude will only get you the door. So, aim for the job and not for the door.