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How to sell your abilities in a job interview?

I have been having a hard time selling my abilities to job interviewers. My problem is this, I am from a culture where "tooting your own horn" is frowned upon. Hence, I don't know what exactly how to sell myself or abilities. It is obvious in my resume I have the skills required for the job, plus I show a personable personality, but when I don't get the call I am left in oblivion. I don't know what others expect me to say or not during the interview. I usually research the company but many times I find that this does not tell me anything about the department I am interviewing for, the particular job, or the culture of the company. I talk about my abilities and past experience, plus I answer all their questions. How do you sell yourself in job interviews?

Asked By: MG - 6/26/2007
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Usually there will be attributes or specific skills needed for the job listed in the job description. Practice stories about your past where you've demonstrated those skills/abilities and recount them when the interviewer asks about those qualities.
Answered By: 006 - 6/26/2007
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You begin with a question about selling YOUR ABILITIES in a job interview and end with a question about selling YOURSELF. In reality, these are NOT the same thing, but the reality is, also, they BOTH are involved in getting a job offer... More
Answered By: wow_bill - 6/26/2007
 
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