How to sell yourself in a job interview

Is your graduation date looming? Before you know it, those three or four years of your degree have flown by in a flash and it’s time to begin searching for your first ‘real-world’ job.

We know this time can be daunting, so here are some tips from the public relations team at Adoni Media on how to sell yourself when those job opportunities pop up.

  1. Dress to impress

First impressions are vital when going for a job interview. Wear something comfortable and appropriate to the industry and company.

Along with your choice of clothes, body language is a huge factor that can give off good or bad vibes in a matter of seconds. Maintaining good posture and eye contact will help you look completely engaged and enthusiastic in conversation.

  1. Research, research, research

Having a clear understanding of the company and the industry as a whole will put you in a favourable position.

Analyse the job description of the role you are going for so you can tailor your answers. Also check out the company’s social media, blog and other media coverage that might give you an insight into the company’s recent activity.

Prove to the employer that you have the right skillset to fit the needs of the job and the company overall. Showcase how you can fit into their team and workplace seamlessly.

  1. Showcase your strengths and use anecdotes

The best way to showcase your strengths is to draw on past experiences. Be specific when answering questions about experiences you’ve had.

Use feedback from colleagues, managers, bosses or clients to highlight your contributions to past projects. This can include from internships and work experience opportunities.

  1. Tailor your elevator pitch

An elevator pitch is a concise, compelling introduction that can be communicated in the amount of time it takes someone to ride…you guessed it…in an elevator to their floor. How will you sell yourself to your future employer in around thirty to sixty seconds?

Have some brief and clear information about who you are, what you do, why you do it, and why you should get the job. Also, don’t be afraid to show your personality. Add an interesting fact about yourself or what you like to do for a hobby to immediately engage and intrigue your future employer.

 

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