How to Sell Yourself as the Best Candidate in an Interview
Being the best candidate for the job often means being the person who performs better than all the other applicants in a job interview. If you have the qualifications and work background an employer needs, your task during an interview is to successfully communicate what you would bring to the job. The challenge is in showing what you can do for a company that someone else can’t.
Plan your interview strategy. Before the interview, ask yourself what skills and qualifications you would look for in a person applying for the same position. Prepare to base your answers to the interviewer’s questions on what you would expect to hear from a job candidate. In general, employers want to know what assets you would bring to the company.
Learn more about the company so that you can match your abilities to the key requirements for the job. Ask questions during the interview to show that you are interested in what the company does and the role you would play. Offer sound ideas about what you can contribute. For example, talk about how you can save the company money.
Go to the interview ready to share stories proving that you have the skills the job requires. Give specific details highlighting your top achievements at your most recent job. Avoid using general terms to describe your abilities. Instead, offer real-life examples that are relevant to the position for which you are applying. Keep your answers brief yet informative.
Sell the company on your strengths. This includes conveying confidence with your manner. Point out what value you would bring to the company. Show that you have what it takes to do the job successfully. Explain how you’ve turned weaknesses into strengths by illustrating what you’ve learned from challenging job experiences. Select events that underscore your ability to solve problems.
Answer the interviewer’s questions honestly. If you don’t have experience in some aspect of the job, say so. Point out that you are willing to learn new skills and then follow up with an example showing how you gained valuable work experience at a previous job. Stress that while you may not have the experience you do have the ability. Emphasize your eagerness to learn as one of your strong points.
Keep the interview on a positive note and at a professional level. Pay attention to your body language, as the interviewer will be watching you as much as listening to what you say. Use your posture and facial expressions throughout the interview to show that you are listening to her as well. Sit in a relaxed way, make frequent eye contact and smile. This tells the interviewer that you are a likeable person who gets along with others.
Amber Keefer has more than 25 years of experience working in the fields of human services and health care administration. Writing professionally since 1997, she has written articles covering business and finance, health, fitness, parenting and senior living issues for both print and online publications. Keefer holds a B.A. from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in health care management from Baker College.