It’s that time of year. The time when you start thinking about your next goal.
Maybe your heart is set on getting a new job, or starting a college course. Assuming your initial application has been successful and you have been chosen for interview the tricky part is ahead. 30 minutes marketing yourself to someone else.
So, your interview clothes are pressed.
Your shoes are clean.
You’ve practised smiling and shaking hands at the same time.
What’s your next step toward your goal?
How Do You Market Yourself?
Just recently I helped some interviewees practice their self-marketing skills. The candidates turned up looking like they wanted to impress (professionally dressed, heads up, smiling).
They were prepared, as they knew how the interview helped them toward their ultimate goal.
Each candidate brought a different set of skills and experiences to their interview too. They told their stories well. The ability to respond thoughtfully to three basic questions really let some interviewees shine
Preparing Your Answers
Here are the questions. What answers would you give? Feel free to Leave A Reply, Like and Share
First, What Attracted You To Apply For This Job / Course?
This open question allows you to start showing the interviewer why they should consider you an ideal fit for their opportunity.
You can use examples which show the strengths you have which make you perfectly suited to be a good performer if you join the organisation quite quickly and a great one in the longer term.
When you are presenting your examples use the STAR method to explain your Situation the Task you tackled, the Action you took and the great Results you produced. Extra credit if you describe the obstacles you overcame and the lessons you learned.
2. What Qualities Do You Bring To The Team?
More often than not you will be involved with other people in a business-as-usual or project team. How have you worked with others to solve problems? What skills do you bring to a team? If you have led a team, how have you motivated others? Use the STAR process to tell your story.
3. What Is The First Thing You Do When Your Plans Don’t Work Out?
Here’s your chance to shine. Everyone knows that plans don’t always work out. If you have a good example of how you handled a problem which came up out of the blue, use it. It is important to spotlight what you did in the situation though, even if others were involved. The interviewer will want to know about the difference you made to the end result.
Your Preparation, Evidence And Answers Matter
If you have thoughtful answers to these questions (and you tell your story well) you will stand out in the interviewers mind. If she or he has seen five or six candidates you want to be the first person they think about when they imagine selecting a new team member. Good preparation and presentation will help you stand out.
What Is Your Next Move?
So, good luck if you are a starting out, or moving on in your career. Use the comment section to say how you prepare for interviews where you are marketing yourself to strangers. You can be sure others will appreciate what you have to say.
Finally, thanks for reading. Feel free to Like and Share these ideas if you found them helpful.