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2 Steps To Being More Likable During Interviews

2 Steps To Being More Likable During Interviews

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Often times, when you’ve been job searching for a long time, it can be easy to lose confidence in yourself and your abilities. As a result, you will either overcompensate and brag about yourself, or you undercompensate and get very humble and insecure.

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Unfortunately, neither of those strategies will work in your favor, especially during job interviews.

2 Steps To Being More Likable During Interviews

So, how can you be more likable during interviews? Here are two steps you must follow in order to nail your next job interview.

1. Quantify Your Accomplishments

When you’re answering a question, provide an example that validates what you’re saying to the interviewer.

“Numbers and statistics are SUPER important,” says J.T. O’Donnell, CAREEREALISM founder and CEO. “You should be able to conservatively ‘guesstimate’ about your performance so they can get a frame of reference. That way, you’re not going to feel like you’re bragging because you’re really backing it up with fact.”

2. Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

You likely didn’t accomplish everything you’ve done alone. You have co-workers, bosses, and so on who helped you achieve those goals.

So, give credit where credit is due. Tell the interviewer, “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.” Also, make sure to be specific and say how they contributed.

According to O’Donnell, it’s not about being special or being the best, it’s about showing how your uniqueness, background, and experience can effectively contribute to the success of this particular company.

If you follow these two steps, you’re not only going to be more likeble during your interview, but you’re also going to effectively show why you’re a good fit for the position.

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Ariella Coombs Ariella is the Content Strategist and Career Coach for Work It Daily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.