Now that you’ve scored an interview and have plenty of tips on what to wear, your next step is to sell yourself in that job interview! How do you set yourself apart from the rest of those being interviewed? Our five Friday Favorite tips will help you. The tips reflect the Interview Tip of the Day tweets (if you’re not following us on Twitter… you should be!)
Be yourself! One way to shine is to let your personality show though.
Your personal brand is ‘A unique message that gives the other party an idea of who you are, what you bring to the table in terms of your skills and experience, why you are unique, and why what you have is of value to them.’ (TheSavvyIntern)
This is the part where you need to sell yourself and make a good impression on the interviewer. Be confident, charming and know your personal brand up and down and inside out. Never question who you are and what you could bring to the company you want to work for, and your interviewer will notice.
This infographic by Mashable gives some great tips on how to protect your online reputation. Interviewers may Google you or take a look at your Facebook page, and it’s very important to be smart about what you do online and what you post or tweet.
Remember your manners.
‘Use of polite terminology should be standard during an interview, but it also reflects well to be equally courteous when addressing receptionists and other office workers.’ states MSN Careers. They also have four more great tips to review before heading into an interview.
If you’ve studied abroad or been on a travel study, now is the time to talk about it! But don’t talk about how you disliked your roommates or about a funny story about public transportation. Discuss your interactions with other international students and locals, what problems arised and how you solved them, how you managed your time and how that experience benefited you. For more tips on how to market your study abroad experience, check out this article from a student’s point of view.
Hopefully these five tips can help you market your personal brand and set you apart from the rest. If you have any interview tips, I’d love to hear them! You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.