Does the mere thought of a job interview make you feel stressed? Are you worried about the types of questions the interviewer is going to throw at you or saying something stupid? This stress can push us to tell lies during an interview.
For example, if asked about a skill we don’t have, most applicants believe that admitting they don’t have that skill won’t get them the job. According to Ron Friedman, an award-winning social psychologist and the author of The Best Place to Work, 81 percent of people lie during the interview.
There are, however, ways that you can promote yourself without having to lie to get the job.
“How do you describe yourself”
If you’re like me, promoting your work is the easy part—since it speaks for itself—but promoting yourself as a person is much harder. Yet, this description often forms the tone of the meeting and lays the groundwork for the other questions.
In the following infographic by JobCluster, you’ll find some words to make you sound smarter and more professional. You can use these buzzwords to help you with their corresponding questions; just modify them according to your personality, experience and profession.
How to promote yourself in a job interview
“I blend into any situation”
I’ve worked with experienced people who are 5-6 years my senior and have learnt from them. And at the same time, I’ve even adapted myself quickly in an environment where half of my colleagues were my junior.
“I’m synonymous with creativity”
I have a creative frame of mind. My hobbies and interests are varied. Because of my varied hobbies, I never run short of creative ideas and solutions to various problems.
“I can strategize to achieve higher goals”
I strategize my actions to make the project a success. Yes I’m emotional, but when it comes to work and setting goals, my head rules over my heart.
“I’m an expert in the field”
I’m humble in what I do, but at the same time I’m an expert the chosen field. In short, I’m the monarch of all I survey.
“I’m a patient listener with good interpersonal skills”
I listen to my colleagues; what my seniors and juniors have to say. I also have good interpersonal skills, which is evident that I have friends from 8 to 50 years old. I can strike a conversation with a stranger and make him or her comfortable.
I don’t believe in all work no play… but yes, work is important and nothing else comes in between me and my work. The fact that you can pay attention to every minor detail and don’t fail to spot the minutest error will work in your favour.
“I have the ability to make the right decision”
What’s the result of having good skills and aptitude if I cannot make the right decision at the right time. Delay in decision making can cost the project. I make the right decision at the right time.
“I’m self determined”
I’m a self determined person… I have control over the situation. I’m confident of my decisions and actions and don’t hesitate to shoulder responsibility.
“I can work independently as well as in a group”
I’m happy to work with people in group projects because I strongly feel that I alone cannot achieve the best. I would need the full support of all other members to make the project a successful one.
“I am not a clone”
I’m not a clone, nor do I wish to be one. I have my own attributes and qualities; I have the ability to make my weaknesses my strengths.
When all is said and done, it’s important that you do your homework well before an interview and go inside with confidence and zeal.