One of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming that their qualifications are going to get them a position.
Sure, this may have been true in the past but almost everybody that has applied for that job will hold exactly the same qualifications.
I don’t mean to make you feel uneasy, but the success of your interview is going to hinge on one thing, and that is the way in which come across to the interviewer, particularly when it comes to describing yourself.
In this article, I am going to share with you some of my best tips on ensuring that you describe yourself in a job interview well.
Preparing for an Interview
Perhaps the most important tip is to come across as confident. Understandably this is going to be quite difficult in a job interview, but you really do need to try your best.
The interviewer is after somebody who is not only confident in themselves, but in the skills that they have. Perhaps one of the best ways to “boost” your confidence is to practice your little spiel time and time again before the interview.
You want to get it to sound as natural as possible, and you should leave absolutely no gaps in your speech, this means no stuttering! Sure, your interviewer is going to understand that you are going to be nervous so there will be some leeway in how you come across, but honestly, don’t take it to the extreme.
Hopefully you should have sent in your resume before the job interview, if not, hand it to the interviewer when you step into that room. In either case, the interviewer is going to have some information about you to hand.
The important thing to remember during your interviewer is to not regurgitate everything on this piece of paper. Instead, try to expand on it.
Talk about what your motivations were for applying for this particular position, is it a training course you have done in the past?Are you looking to play on your skill sets that you have learned in another job?
Basically, go beyond what is on that sheet of paper. Your interviewer already knows information such as your name and where you are from. They don’t need to be told this again. Honestly, it will just annoy them.
You may even want to “add in” things which aren’t on your application form which you feel may be relevant to the position that you are applying for. This means any hobbies or interests that you may have.
It is also important to be honest throughout your interview. Most of the time the interviewer will be experienced and can tell whether you are lying from a mile off.
However, if you do somehow ending up getting a job off the back of false claims then it will be found out sooner rather than later, and that is not going to look good for future job applications when you need to add them as a reference is it?
Finally, highlight both your strengths and weaknesses. You don’t want to come across as too cocky, interviewers are going to dislike interviewing somebody who is constantly trying to “big themselves up”.
They never make pleasurable people to work with. Don’t forget to mention your weaknesses as well! Try to turn them into positives if you can, again, honesty is going to play a big part here when you apply for your position. So don’t talk about strengths that you don’t have.
If you bear these few tips in mind then you honestly will find that describing yourself is easier than you may think. If you aren’t confident, then practice with a friend or family member, I am sure they will be able to help.
However, I find that if you don’t think too hard about an interview it will go off smoother than you could have hoped for. Generally when you over think things is when problems occur.