Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Thursday, August 20, 2015
Practice, Practice, Practice. Start with a trusted friend, family member, colleague etc. Help them help you by printing out some softball interview questions to help you work up to a level of comfort in speaking about yourself, your accomplishments, your experience and your innovations.
If you go back through some of the questions I've answered on this site, you can see I am a big fan of the information interview. So much less pressure than the job interview, but still a great chance to hone some of your skills talking about yourself. Network a bit and find some people willing to talk to you.
Your resume is a nice back bone for what you are going to discuss. Get comfortable with what you have included and then maybe try and start compartmentalizing that information into more bite size pieces that you are comfortable with.
One piece might be:
How I used it successfully
How I could have done it better
How I see it working in this job
Everyone gets nervous in an interview. It can feel very unnatural to sit in a space with someone you don’t know, answering questions about yourself and going into the nitty gritty details about what makes you unique and the right person for the job. What bits and pieces does the interviewer have already? Resume, cover letter, phone screen, LinkedIn profile, brief intro. Do those things say enough about you for someone to be able to decide you would be a good team member, a good leader, a confidant, perseverant, interested, excited. It can be challenging to convey these very real face to face intangibles without talking about yourself, so try hard to look at the interview as an awesome opportunity to meet someone new who is going to help you overcome this fear.
Let’s face it, you are the person who knows you the best, go spread the word. You can do this.