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Ask Manda: How to Sell Yourself in an Interview

Manda Milling Posted by Manda
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I was recently asked to 'sell myself' to a potential employer in two minutes, and I totally fumbled. What can I do? 

If you are interviewing for a business development or sales role, this may be appropriate, but I think two minutes is a little unrealistic. However, selling is not the same as the 'crazy warehouse guy' on TV, but rather a means of recommending yourself and your relevant skills through influence. The way you express yourself can at times be even more important that what you say. Your interviewer will always look for passion, animation and energy (and display it to you too!). This can even be in your body language when you first meet. 

Prior to an interview, think about why you want the job and why you are the best person to be considered. Think in terms of a couple of relevant bullet points. The reason for this type of question is that the interviewer has probably been involved in interviews where the interviewee has talked a lot but not said anything. In addition, when the interviewer is explaining a point to you or maybe detailing their company and its operations, don't just sit there impassively. Nod or verbally acknowledge the point being made. In short, be succinct about why you are right for the role, and let your personality shine through.

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