The job does not always go to the best candidate; it goes to the
candidate who is best prepared for the interview. One way to sell
yourself in the interview is to develop a two-minute summary of your
background and qualifications. You are not likely to use it in two
uninterrupted minutes, but you should use parts of it as you respond to
questions or volunteer information.
Prepare a Summary of Your Qualifications
Prepare a two-minute statement on your education, training and work
experience related to the job for which you are applying. If you can't
tie yourself into the job for which you are applying, why should the
employer hire you?
Stress Achievements Which are Unique
The employer likely knows where you went to school, what jobs you have
held, etc. You need to add information on your accomplishments during
those experiences. Did your campus organization have great success
because of something you did? What did you do in a past job which was
of particular merit?
Slant Your Presentation to the Job in Question
Depending upon the job involved, vary the contents of your two-minute
summary. Emphasize items which may be of particular relevance to the
position for which you are interviewing. For one job, you may want to
emphasize how well you marketed your ideas; for another, you may wish
to demonstrate your computer skills.
You are Interesting, So Show It
Try to include one or two things that reflect your special interests to
humanize your application and make you stand out from the other
candidates. Were you a competitive swimmer? Did you volunteer on a
political campaign? Have you studied in another country?
Tell What You Can Do Well
By emphasizing your strong points that are closely related to the job
in question, you will help link yourself to the position and subtly
persuade the employer to hire you.
Combine All Your Qualifications for the Job
Be sure to dip into all your background to cite courses, summer
activities, volunteer and community projects, past employment, etc., so
that you are able to pick experiences from each which have helped to
prepare you for the job.
Show Your Knowledge of the Employer
As you present your qualifications, you should relate your attributes
to the needs of the employer and thus demonstrate your special
knowledge of the particular organization.