4 Steps to Show How You're the Right Person for the Job

career Jan 20, 2021

Imagine finally being able to latch onto that dream job you've been wanting forever! It's possible, and a lot of it relies on your ability to sell yourself, especially in an interview.

Being selected for the job requires finding a way to show the employer why you're the best candidate. It can be a little difficult without preparation, so now's the perfect time to get started. 

Practice these strategies, so when you’re called for an interview, you’ll be ready:

  1. Focus on immediately usable skills. Naturally, starting a new job means learning about the company and the specifics of the role. That could come months down the line. It's best if you focus on your skills that the company can effectively use right away.
  • Are you organized and able to stick to priorities? This could serve your new employer well. It shows that you are a structured learner who can readily apply the lessons learned.

  • What about your leadership background? Highlighting your leadership or management experience indicates that you can maintain control of your area even without knowing everything about the job.
  • Giving examples of teamwork is a great way to gain favor with your potential employer. It shows that you're open to the ideas of others even if you have your own.
  1. Be likable. Whether in your written communication or in interviews, it's important to be likable. That doesn’t mean agreeing with everything or being overly chirpy. It simply means having a pleasant demeanor so the employer is drawn to you. Show why you'd be a great fit on the team.
  • Try to have a relaxed body and facial expression throughout the interview. It makes you approachable and shows that you're confident.

  • Avoid appearing too comfortable. It gives an air of laziness when you slouch or resort to casual language!

  • Extend basic courtesies like asking if your interviewer is doing well. It shows your caring side.

  1. Practice telling your story. You're the best person to tell your story so listeners are drawn in and impressed. Be sure to take some time before the interview to practice that story for full effect.
  • What things about you and your life make for good storytelling? While it's wise to avoid embarrassing stories from your teenage years, it's a good idea to tell stories that reflect your character.

  • Spend some time talking to your friends and family. Share your story with them and get some honest feedback. If you think they'll be too agreeable, try it with a stranger in a coffee shop.

  1. Maintain a positive attitude. At all costs, focus on the positives in every scenario. This includes when you're speaking about your last employment. You'll strike them as professional, flexible, and able to work well with others.

    If you get a challenging question, take a moment or two to think before responding. Positivity makes way for calmness and a relaxed outlook. Remember you're trying to sell yourself as the perfect candidate!

Proving yourself as the best candidate for the job can be a walk in the park if you take an effective approach. See how you can implement these approaches and land the job of your dreams.