There are some simple ways you can really sell yourself in a job interview.
Ah job interviews, is there really anything more stressful? Probably not, but they can also be super exciting (especially if you land the dream job!). Putting your best foot forward in an interview can be tricky, as you’re trying to impress, stand out, and also get your experience across at the same time. However, there are a few little things you can do to really sell yourself in a job interview!
Here are some of our ultimate top tips:
Look the part
One of the most important elements of nailing a job interview is presentation, and looking the part. Think carefully about the role you are applying for, and factor that in when selecting an outfit. Be polished and professional, but also, be comfortable. Don’t wear shoes that pinch or a shirt that doesn’t quite fit right – your discomfort will come off in the interview.
I always say to have a number of questions prepared before going into a job interview – you will be asked, and there’s nothing worse than having nothing to say! So when you are prepping your questions, dig a little deeper. Ask some unique questions that might make the interviewer really think – it will show you’ve done your homework.
Before you go for the interview, make sure you educate yourself as much as possible. Know everything there is to know about the company, and the industry it sits in. Are there important trends? Are there people of note you should be aware of? Make sure you have as much information as possible – it will show that you are interest, and prepared.
At the end of the day, if you land the job, you will be spending a significant amount of time in your new place of work. So you want to make sure you can be yourself, right? While you certainly should maintain a level of professionalism in your interview, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through, so they can get a sense of the real you!
You have, of course, made a fantastic impression in the interview. Go you! However, always follow up. A couple of hours after you meet with the company, send an email to whomever you were speaking with, thanking them for taking the time to meet you. It will make you stand out.