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Successful Interviews (Step 3 of 10): Be Confident and Enthusiastic

Last time we discussed how to make a good impression at an interview, and today we’ll focus on being enthusiastic and confident.

Being enthusiastic about your work, the company, and its projects shows the interviewer that you are a viable candidate.

During the Interview

  • Be confident about your abilities but not egotistical. The “I can do everything” approach will not score you any points.

  • Don’t be afraid to give detailed information about what you can do when responding to questions. Make sure you answer with more than just a yes or no. Respond to a question with information or possibly a follow-up question.

  • Whenever possible, anticipate questions and be forthcoming with answers. Some examples of this are:

Q: Tell me about yourself.

A: This is a very open-ended question so try and find out what the interviewer wants to discuss, then touch upon points that emphasize your background. This should include interests, hobbies, and the kind of work you enjoy. Keep it 2 minutes max. If you are prepared you will be able to do this smoothly and concisely.

Q: What kind of work are you looking for?

A: You are looking for precisely the kind of work the employer is offering (but don’t say that if it isn’t true). Repeat back in your own words what the employer has mentioned. If the employer hasn’t described the job at all, say, “I’d be happy to answer that, but first I need to understand your requirements.”

Q: Can you explain your job history?

A: Make sure you have logical business reasons why you left your companies (more $$ doesn’t cut it). Ideally the answer should be to advance your skills or position. When you claim a skill, back it up with on-the-job examples and be persuasive.


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