I have a Director level job interview coming up in the charity sector that I really want. I am terrible at selling myself but I have noticed less experienced colleagues getting jobs they are not fully qualified for. So I am determined to get this role! I get very positive feedback that I am excellent on the job and a sensitive and encouraging team manager. Please give me your best interview tips so I can up my game! I know I am good at what I do but find that when I talk about my successes I feel I am boasting! Help!
Have some intelligent and relevant questions up your sleeve - they are bound to ask what you want to ask.
Make sure that you have something positive to say about all aspects of your life. If you are a mother, then using that as an example of time management, patience, imagination etc. has always worked for me.
Please give me your best interview tips so I can up my game! I know I am good at what I do but find that when I talk about my successes I feel I am boasting!
Best tip is to change your perspective once and for all that any description of an achievement in an interview is "boasting". That is probably the most career limiting attitude you can have. I'm not criticising, just observing!
I work in recruitment, and have interviewed loads of people, it's all about confidence, here's my tips!
* If it's a new company that you're interviewing with do some serious research into them, it shows you are serious about wanting the role, draw on what you find out in the interview (as long as it makes sense to!)
* As a PP mentioned prepare questions that you want to ask, it shows you've thought about the role and the company, and how you might fit with them. For me I always ask about what they think the biggest challenge in the role would be for someone coming into it.
* Don't think of it as boasting, it's hard to talk about achievements but it's not boasting! I like you have making out that I'm superwoman and can do it all by myself, but that's what needs to be done!
* If you can take in little bullet points to remind you of things you have done, it really helps if you get an attack of the nerves.
* Always use 'I' rather than "We even if you're asked about a time you've worked in a team, they want to know what you did!