The Art of the Interview: Selling Yourself by Creating a Rapport with Your Interviewers
You sent your application and are anxious to hear back from the employer. The phone rings. That’s it, you’ve got the interview. What’s next? You have come a long way, but the process is not over yet. Actually, you have been sheltered so far, but will now have to “perform live.” What should you do?
Recognize that the finish line is close and that the competition has narrowed down. You’re among the finalists. Will you stand up to the pressure? It is here that the good work methodology that you have followed so far will prove useful. If you have researched the organization and the industry, all you have to do now is refresh your memory and get ready to answer questions that go your way. Anticipate questions and practice out loud. Be ready to discuss your experience and qualifications. Be ready to make positive statements about how you can contribute to the employer. Be ready to give concrete examples.
There is no way for you to know what questions will be asked at the job interview, but that’s not what “being ready” means. It doesn’t mean to know what to expect. It means to be prepared for the unexpected. There is just so much you can do to prepare for the interview. Once you have done your part, lay back and put things in perspective. “Absorb” the information as opposed to memorizing it and be ready to discuss.
WorkAlpha’s Interview Section is a collection of articles, each shedding a different perspective on the job interview process, to help you prepare for that crucial meeting. As you read through the material in this section, keep in mind that confidence is key when interviewing for a job. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will. If you want the interviewer to think that you are the best fit for the job, you must first believe it yourself. Notice that we used the word “fit” as opposed to “qualified.”
List of all articles in the job interview section.
- 4 Key Aspects of the Job Interview and How to Address Them
- 5 Questions Not to Ask at an Interview
- Can Body Language Be Learned?
- Can YOU Control the Interview?
- Can You Read the Interviewer’s Mind? It’s About Company Culture Fit
- Chemistry with the Interviewer: Are You Like Me? Hired!
- Do You Know Your Resume?
- Does a Job Interview Make You Nervous? Tips on How to Overcome Your Nervousness
- Giving Answers the Interviewer Wants to Hear While Being True to Yourself
- Good and Bad Practices When Asking Someone for a Reference
- Good Practices When Asking for a Letter of Recommendation
- How Crucial is That First Impression in an Interview?
- How the Illogical Process of Hiring Can Help YOU
- How to Address Salary Expectations in an Interview
- How to Answer Job Interview Questions
- How to Deal with an Interviewer Who Doesn’t Look Interested in Your Candidacy
- How to Improve Your Interview Skills
- How to Make a Good Impression at the Job Interview
- How to Manage (and Avoid) Discrimination in the Interview Process
- How to Manage Stress During the Job Interview
- How to Overcome Nervousness Before the Job Interview
- How to Prepare for a Job Interview
- How to Sell Yourself in a Job Interview
- I Have All the Qualifications, So Why Am I Not Being Hired?
- Insights Into the Interviewer’s Thought Process and the Value That the Job Interview Brings to an Organization
- Interview Answers Must Be Short. Know Why?
- Interview Questions Reveal Employer’s Concerns
- Interview Tips to Impress Recruiters
- Job Interview Process Explained
- Job Interview Tips for Mature Workers
- Perceived as Overqualified? What Now?
- Practical Tips on How to Establish Trust at the Job Interview
- Six Questions You Should Ask in an Interview
- So Tell Me, What Are Your Weaknesses?
- “Tell Me About Yourself” — One More Time
- The Anatomy of the Job Interview
- The Art and Science of the Face-to-Face Interview
- The Interview Focus Is on Future, Not Past
- The Interview Is About Understanding the Psychology of the Interviewer
- The Job Interview Process Needs to Be Understood
- The Older Job Seeker: Strategies for Deflating the Ageism Myth
- The Secret Behind Reference Checks
- The Secret of an Excellent Interview, Do You Know What It Is?
- Trick to Gain an Edge with the Post-Interview Thank You Letter
- What Interviewers Want to Hear?
- What Questions to Ask During a Job Interview
- What’s Really behind Common Interview Questions?
- Why Are Interviewers So Selective?
- Why Employers Look for Fit