How to Interview Better
You don't need a recruiter to tell you that if you want a great job, you have to learn how to interview for that position. Although, you will spend less than 5% of your professional career interviewing, it is one of the most important aspects to become accustomed to.
A person can have all the abilities in the world, though if they can't clearly convey the benefits they bring, those words go unheard. Like anything else, interviewing takes practice, but learn how to do so effectively and you'll have a more interesting, lucrative job and happier career. Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Describe Yourself Properly - Interviews are the only time in your life where people will encourage you to speak extensively about...yourself. Since you don't have this luxury too often, you probably will have practice the answer.
Think adjectives such as confident, determined, resilient, passionate and hard working and you're nearly half of the way there.
2. Maintain Positive Energy - Recruiters and hiring managers are attracted to sales or marketing professionals who display upbeat, high energy as this type of demeanor suggests that one has drive and is passionate about their career.
By maintaining positive energy you make interviewers want to get to know you better and increase the odds of them passing you to the next round or getting a final job offer. Nobody wants to hire a sales employee who sounds morose, rather they are attracted to those who smile, are engaging and show energy.
3. Take some time to reflect upon your achievements - Since sales and marketing are full of rejection, people find themselves compulsively thinking about their mistakes rather than taking some time to focus on what you've done correctly. While reflecting upon about one's failures is important, taking the time to reward yourself for your successes is healthy and leads to more optimistic thinking and, thus great interviewing.
In the End
You deserve an interesting career and while variables such effective networking, past achievements and had work are important, improving your interviewing skills is what is going to seal the deal.