How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview

Earning a degree or a diploma isn't an automatic guarantee that you will land the job you want. To be successful, you need to have the right skill set and experience, not to mention you need to make an impression in the job interview.

Whether you're starting your career or applying for summer work, how you perform in a job interview is key to landing your dream job. Take note of these useful tips to make a lasting impression on prospective employers. 

1. Learn About the Company

Arrive at the interview knowing plenty about the business. You can find all you need to know on the company’s website and from other information that turns up in an Internet search. This will ensure you're well equipped when it comes time to explain to the interviewer why it is that you want to work at the company and what you will be able to bring to the business.

Be sure to write down everything to ensure you remember the specifics. Read through your notes right before the interview. This is extra important if you are applying for more than one job — the last thing you want to do is confuse one company with another!

2. Think of Questions to Ask

Researching the company is also crucial for asking the right questions. The interviewer will be unimpressed if you ask a question to which you could have easily found the answer. The solution is definitely not to avoid asking questions at all. The interviewer will expect you to have some queries: about the company as a whole and especially about your duties.

3. Plan an Elevator Pitch

Rehearse a short elevator pitch that expresses why you are the perfect fit for the job. Memorize the key points you want to mention. Then, practice with a friend to work on building your confidence and to receive feedback on how you could improve.

4. Enhance Your Communication Skills

You might like to practice an entire mock interview with a friend. This will help you improve your communication skills. Work on speaking fluidly, having a genuine conversation free from jargon, and improving your body language — for instance, avoid tension and maintain eye contact.

5. Make a Good Impression from the Start

Aim to arrive to your job interview early. This will ensure that, even if you encounter an unexpected holdup, you are unlikely to be late. Also, make sure that you dress appropriately. Wear slightly smarter clothes than what you would use for the job.

6. Ask About Following Up

Every company has a different procedure for following up after an interview. Some only contact successful applicants; others inform everyone within a certain timeframe. Find out what you can expect from the company. This will help you figure out sooner if you have a chance of being hired or if you should move on to other possibilities.

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