Twenty eighteen is all about getting the job or promotion you want. You’ve identified one, two or maybe even three jobs that would be a step up for you or that you are confident you can succeed at, if given the chance. But how do you get that chance?
Know How to Sell Yourself
You know you are ready for a particular new job or promotion. But how do you convince those in charge of your future – the interviewer or your manager? You have to be able to promote your skills, strengths, knowledge, and perspective without sounding like an egotistical maniac. Are you confident you can do that now? If not, keep reading!
Three Steps to Delivering A Rock Star Interview
- Develop Your Talking Points About You. Be ready with talking points about yourself. This is no different than preparing for any other meeting, other than you can’t refer to notes in an interview. For more information on how to create your talking points, click here. You’ll use these talking points to answer questions during the interview.
- Be Ready With Questions. Don’t forget that the kind of questions you ask say a lot about you. Are you more interested in vacation and working at home than delivering results? If this is what you convey, don’t even bother showing up to interview. Tip: That’s a question for after you get the offer and perhaps even for after you have worked there for a few months and proven yourself. You will be most successful if you ask questions that show you are interested in finding a job that’s a good fit, in which you can contribute to the bottom line and produce results.
- End With Confidence! This interview may be your only bite at the apple so make the most of it! Just as the interview is wrapping up, be sure to ask “Do you have any remaining questions about me, my experience, or my qualifications for the position?” Or, if you are feeling particularly bold and the interviewer is bold and thus will appreciate you being likewise bold, ask, “Is there any doubt that I am the best candidate for this position?” Be prepared to address the interviewer’s response. Be authentic, make the questions yours and if you can’t pull it off don’t ask the “doubt” question. Finally, if there isn’t a recruiter handling the process, be sure to ask what the process is and when they expect to make to make a decision.
If you want some help in preparing for your interview, download my Questions To Ask While Being Interviewed.
And, if you’d like help on your talking points and are in the DC area, please join me on February 2 for a Personal Branding Course sponsored by Women In Government Relations and don’t worry, men are welcome! Register here.
If you find this useful, please share with your colleagues and friends and let us know how what you have done to knock it out of the park during an interview!