With as much time as you might have spent looking at books filled with job interview tips lately, you might think an ideal experience involves you being very rehearsed and responding to the interviewer’s questions in an unflappable way. The person leading the proceedings does want to see how you react under pressure, but that doesn’t mean you should come across as an individual devoid of emotion. On the contrary, your personality is a great thing to show off — in moderation.
1. Be Aware of Your Strongest Personality Traits
You may not realize it, but there are several personality types, and they each have distinctive traits associated with them. Maybe you have a creative personality, or perhaps you’re very people-oriented. Whatever the case, tap into the most obvious characteristics of your personality type and figure out how you can draw attention to them during the job interview.
If your personality means you work well on a team, come up with a few solid examples of when you congregated with colleagues and pooled resources to excel together. On the other hand, maybe you have a very self-motivated, task-oriented kind of personality. In that case, you’d want to tell the individual overseeing the job interview about how you can stay clear-headed under pressure and don’t require constant oversight to get jobs done.
By being aware of different, positive things about your personality, you’ll be in a good position market yourself accordingly. This method is an effective way to tell things about yourself without coming up with responses that seem out of place.
2. Ask Uncommon Wrap-up Questions That Show Confidence
At the end of the interview, you’ll almost certainly get a chance to ask some of the lingering things on your mind. The one that’s probably the most pressing is, “When should I expect to hear back about the status of this position?” However, what you can do instead is ask a question that suggests you are so confident the interview went well, you’re already making plans about what you’ll do after accepting the position.
Asking the interviewer about the most efficient subway routes to use to reach the workplace is one possibility. You could also inquire about the most popular restaurants in the area to visit on a lunch break.
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3. Show You’re Really Excited About the Possibility of Getting Hired
You can be sure that when an interviewer evaluates your personality, one of the top things he or she wants to see is enthusiasm. You can convey that asset in many ways. Try explaining in detail how you were able to come up with a new way of doing something at your last job that resulted in major gains, or discussing how you were so inspiring to fellow team members that you took on a mentorship role.
However, it’s also smart to do things that show you’re genuinely looking forward to the possibility of landing the job and are not just going through the motions at this interview. When answering questions, do so in ways that demonstrate how you carefully studied the company’s website before your interview.
You might even go further by looking at the dress code reflected by employees pictured on the business’s website or in its print materials and matching your attire as closely to it as possible. When in doubt, always err on the side of conservative options.
Today’s interviewers don’t just want to give open positions to people who will go to work, do their tasks, leave to go home and do it all over again throughout the workweek. They’re eager to bring candidates on board who are highly engaged in the company culture.
We’ve just looked at a few crucial ways to let your personality shine when you’re in the market for a new job. When using any of these tips, always tune in to the interviewer’s behavior and adjust your approach if necessary.
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