3 Ways to Let Your Personality Through in a Job Interview

When you’re interviewing for a job you really want, you probably take care to dress conservatively, answer thoughtfully and focus all your attention on making a good impression. But if you are too cautious, you could end up making no impression at all.

Adding a bit of your own flair can make you stand out in the crowded applicant field. You want the interviewer to think not only that you would be excellent at performing the job, but also that you would be fun to have around.

How Can You Let a
Little You Shine Through?

How You Dress.
For an interview for almost any position, it’s best to show up in a dark suit or other conservative business attire. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. Add a scarf, or wear a shirt or blouse in an unexpected, but still appropriate color. Gentlemen can choose an interesting, but tasteful tie. You’ll be a little more memorable to the interviewer and may even provide a conversation starter that can lift your conversation over the initial awkwardness.

Examples You Share.
Your job in the interview is really just to tell the story of your career. Make sure your story is interesting. Research ahead of time the questions that you are likely to be asked and pull the very best examples from your career. Practice your anecdotes until you can deliver them well – but don’t sound too rehearsed. Ask a friend or family member to be your sounding board and offer constructive feedback. Everyone has interesting stories, but if you don’t prepare, your best ones may not be the ones that come to your mind first.

The Attitude You Bring.
Make an effort to be outgoing, even if it doesn’t come naturally. Use appropriate eye contact and body language that shows that you are the best person for the job.  If the interviewer reveals a common interest, share your own story to build rapport. People like (and hire!) those who are like themselves. Seize on opportunities to show that you will be a great addition to the team.

Worst case scenario when you are yourself in an interview?
You miss out on an opportunity where you wouldn’t be a good fit anyway.

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