How To Stop Selling Yourself and Start Being Yourself In An Interview

According to a 2018 Gallup poll, over 60% of people are not engaged at work. This is possible because people are not in the right job and are only collecting a pay check. Organizations and teams with higher employee engagement and lower active disengagement perform at higher levels. For example, organizations that are the best in engaging their employees achieve earnings-per-share growth that is more than four times that of their competitors. Compared with business units in the bottom quartile, those in the top quartile of engagement realize substantially better customer engagement, higher productivity, better retention, fewer accidents, and 21% higher profitability. Engaged workers also report better health outcomes.

Take the time to articulate what drives you.

Your values are likely what motivate you, so share with your interviewer how you will demonstrate your core beliefs in the role you seek to fill. For example, if you are leading a team for the first time, will you seek to build trust among your team and be clear enough in your vision so that you can hold one another accountable to achieve collective results? Can you listen to your team members in a way in which they know they have been heard?

If you can truly articulate how you will show up in your new role, there is no stronger demonstration of your leadership style. You should be able to describe to the hiring team how you will show up every day to execute on the role. Give them the ability to imagine you performing (and excelling) at the job. If you can do this, I believe you will make a lasting impression on the interview team.

Create your own set of questions for the interview team.

This helps you decide whether the role is a good fit for who you are. You should be ready to answer the questions you know will come to you, but it’s also important to spend time asking them what it feels like day to day to be in the role for which you are being considered. Don’t stop your questioning until you have a good understanding of being in the position. This is the only way to affirmatively determine if you will find yourself in the right seat.


I suggest that you spend 20% of your prep time on articulating why you are a subject or function matter expert. Spend 80% of the time finding the right words to communicate who you truly are and how that would look on a day-to-day basis in the role for which you are interviewing. You might be self-aware, but a gap can exist between knowing who you are and articulating who you are in a way that’s authentic and succinct.

Let go of the results.

If you show up in the interview being exactly who you are, know that you have presented yourself authentically, answered all the subject matter questions to the best of your ability and asked all the questions you can to help you ascertain whether the role fits you, then you’ve had a successful interview. If you have done these things, then the result — no matter which way it goes — will be the exact right one. If you do not get the job, it was likely because the fit was not right. If you do get the position, there is a much greater likelihood you will find yourself in the right seat.

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22 Red Flags to Look for When Applying for a Job

Job searching can take a lot time to find what best suits your professional career. Knowing these red flags can provide you with a reason to look a little closer to see if that job really would be a good fit for you.

  1. Vague Job Description. You should be able to figure out what you’ll be expected to do.
  2. Culture of Work, Work, Work. Does the hiring manager say things like, “Many of our employees stay later?”
  3. Unprofessional Communication. This could indicate that your potential employer doesn’t have a sense of boundaries.
  4. Lack of Communication. If a company says they’ll get back to you in a few days and several weeks go by, that could be a red flag.
  5. Earning Potential is Stressed Over Current Salary. IF you’re told that a low salary will be made up for later, that could be a red flag.
  6. You’re Offered a Different Job Than You Applied For. What’s the new job description? If it’s substantially the same, but comes with a lower salary, that’s a red flag.
  7. You Can’t Get a Straight Answer on the Promotion Track. If your hiring manager can’t outline a career track, maybe you’re entering a dead-end position.
  8. An Ill-Defined Company Mission. Without a good plan, a company is more likely to fail.
  9. You’ve Just Seen Unsettling News Reports. If news reports indicate a shake up, it might be better to focus on other opportunities.
  10. A Poorly Designed Company Website. A company that doesn’t pay attention to details probably isn’t going to care much about its employees.
  11. Your Interviewer is Messy. Is the desk completely covered? Is the trash can overflowing?
  12. Combination of Low Salary and Few Benefits. Without solid benefits to offset a lower salary, it might not be worth taking the job.
  13. The Company Lowballs Your Salary Offer. If the salary doesn’t match what was offered in the ad, the employer might not live up to other promises.
  14. They Offer You the Job on the Spot. Wait a minute. Why are they so eager to nail you down?
  15. Company Reviews Are Poor. If there are a lot of poor employee ratings for the company on Glassdoor, that’s a huge red flag.
  16. Current Employees Don’t Have Much Good to Say. If they can’t seem to find a way to convey anything other than lukewarm or doubtful praise, that could be a red flag.
  17. You’re Treated Rudely During the Interview. Pay attention to how employees treat each other while you’re there.
  18. The Terms of Employment Keep Changing. Check for discrepancies in what you were told and the final offer.
  19. The Application Process Is Cumbersome. Is the application confusing frustrating and inefficient?
  20. You’re Asked to Work for Free. If your potential employer doesn’t value you or your time, that could be telling in the work environment.
  21. Unorganized Onboarding Process. If an employer doesn’t have some sort of onboarding process, they might not have the systems in place to effectively scale their company.
  22. You Can’t See the Employee Handbook. The company should allow you to read it and ask questions.

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Is There a Formula for Passing an Interview?

Interview Formula

The formula itself is a simple one, and is broken down into three different sections:
• Interview technique
• Research
• Responding to the interview questions

Interview Techniques: Focus on the following key areas:

  • Creating a positive first impression
  • Presentation
  • Effective communication
  • Body language and posture
  • Final questions
  • Creating a positive final impression

Research: Visit the company or organization you are applying to join. This serves a number of purposes but the most important are demonstrating commitment and dedication to the potential employer but also assisting you in your preparation for the interview.

The following areas should be a priority of a research plan:

  • Do they offer any development programs for their employees, e.g. Investors in People?
  • When were they established? • Is it a large company and do they have overseas interests?
  • Who are their customers and who are their major competitors?
  • Where are they located, who is their Chief Executive and who are the shareholders?
  • What are their short, medium and long term goals?
  • What are their values and policies? • What are their products?
  • Do they have a mission statement or vision?

Responding to the Interview Questions: There are two types of inteview questions motivational and situational.

Motivational Question types:

  • Tell us a about yourself.
  • What skills do you have that would be of benefit in this role?
  • What have you done to find out about this company and the role that you are applying for?

Situational Question types:

  • Give an example of where you have worked as part of a team to achieve a difficult goal or task.
  • Give an example of where you have provided excellent customer service.
  • Give an example of where you have dealt with a difficult or aggressive customer.

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