- On June 2, 2018
When interviewing, you have to simultaneously highlight your achievements and still be likeable. How do you walk this tightrope? Try these 4 things:
- Talk about an interesting win for a client! Stick to the facts, and you won’t sound like you are bragging (e.g., you came into X disaster, saw Y was the case, implemented Z strategy, which resulted in $% result). Plus, stories are a fun way for the interviewer to learn about you and much better than a boring recitation of your resume.
- Bring up matters that excite you. Your enthusiasm will naturally come through, and you don’t sound forced or feel awkward like you are selling some unwanted service.
- Do research beforehand. Know what your audience cares about so you can think of relevant examples before you meet. Hopefully you have a robust I Love Me file (where you send emails and accolades from throughout the year) so it’s easy to review and choose some good stories.
- Practice your sound bites before the meeting. Don’t wait for inspiration to strike at your face-to-face. You wouldn’t do that before a judge or tense negotiation. Prevent problems like going long or stumbling over phrases by doing a dry run beforehand.