There are a lot of people that find it hard to sell themselves. This is particularly a problem in today’s competitive job market. In a recent video for my second channel, Undercover Millionaire, I conducted impromptu job interviews with random strangers on the streets of London. Watch the full video above, as it contains some hilarious moments!
In the video you will see exactly what it takes to get a job with me and also learn important skills that you can apply to work, business and property investment. Whether you are new to the job market, are planning on switching careers or are starting out in business/property investing, the video will help you hone your skills. In this article, I will summarise 3 lessons from this social experiment for job interview success.
1. Sell yourself
Many people find it hard to talk themselves up. But at a job interview, you need to put your best foot forward. Show energy and enthusiasm. Know about their business and what they are looking for. Explain what skills and experience you have that will help with the role you are applying for.
Remember, experience doesn’t have to be work related. If you have team leading skills from a hobby, bring it up. Entrepreneurially minded employers are becoming much less interested in University degrees these days. Skills don’t have to come from school or University either, what you can do is much more important than how you learnt to do it.
2. Preparation is key, but so is being prepared for the unexpected
When you are going for a job interview, preparation is key. You need to know the job specifications and how you meet them. You need to know about the company, its culture and how you would fit into it. You need to think about the sort of questions you are likely to be asked and how you would reply to them. All this is essential.
However, the people applying for this job had none of that. They were totally unprepared because they were random strangers. They showed how they would act when unprepared, and that is very important. You should be ready for the unexpected as well. You never know what will come up at a job interview, train yourself to think quickly and be adaptable.
3. Focus on what you can give, not what you can get
People often focus on how a job is going to help them. They talk about where they want to go in their career. They talk about how the job suits their needs. They talk about their personal situation and how the job will improve it. But the employer doesn’t want to hear any of that, the employer wants to know how they will help the company.
Focus on explaining why you will be a good fit for the role and how you will help the company. If you are asked about where you plan to be in the future, explain how you want to progress within their company. Put them first in your mind and focus all your answers on them.