Just as it is with personal relationships, being authentic with your colleagues at the workplace is also equally important. This effort at authenticity should begin right at the time when you interview for a job. How can you best balance your impulse to share honestly and the strong desire misrepresent yourself to get a coveted job? The following 5 tips will help you be more authentic in an interview.
● Be specific: Instead of just saying that you are a good team player, showcase some accomplishments and relevant skills and characteristics with examples. It is always more impactful.
● Prepare with relevant examples: It is easy to get confused during an interview. So get ready with sound examples that get the message across precisely. Examples: I helped increase sales 10% in the last six months ,or I worked on 2 international projects during my tenure.
● Body language: Make sure that you have an authentic body language. To appear authentic, it’s essential to pay attention to non-verbal cues such as posture, facial expressions, eye contact and handshakes.
● Practice with Q&As: Hiring managers usually ask questions such as ‘tell me about yourself’ or ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years?’ Answer these questions with sincerity rather than using some boilerplate answer. It is also important to know when to stop. You shouldn’t look over-prepared and rehearsed in the interview.
● Search for info: Having some background information about the company makes you appear more authentic while answering in interviews.
The ability to showcase the best version of yourself – the one relevant to the workplace – is what will help you land your dream job.