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Know Yourself

First and formorest, to be able to interview with confidence, make sure you know yourself. Know your strengths, weaknesses, what you learned from studying abroad, and how you have grown from your experiences. Know your values and be able to explain how and why you match with the company's core values. Read on to find out more key points to talk about when marketing yourself in interview.

Include details and emotions
To make an impression on a recruiter, include actual experiences you had and the emotions you felt. The recruiters will then be able to visualize your experience and see what you learned and how you grew from those experiences. These factors are what companies used to measure your potential and values. Participate in mock interviews at the Career Center or practice with your friends. If you were the recruiter, what kinds of stories will interests you? Continue to practice until you feel comfortable with what you want to say.

Just explaining yourself will not be enough in order to make an impression on a recruiter. Include actual experiences you had and the emotions you felt. The recruiters will then be able to see what you learned and how you grew from those experiences. These factors are what companies used to measure your potential and values. Participate in mock interviews at the Career Center or practice with your friends. If you were the recruiter, what kinds of stories will interests you? Continue to practice until you feel comfortable with what you want to say.

Knowing yourself and finding your interests and passion

If you feel stuck and confused about what to do or where to go after you graduate, don't worry. Take a deep breath and follow some of these steps below. Remember, just sitting and worrying won't get you anywhere!

Before looking into the future, first take a look back into your past. Knowing yourself well is a shortcut to finding your future career goals, as well as your future. Start by looking back on your life and organizing your past experience. Go way back into your childhood memories even, and think of what specific incidents or experience made you who you are today. What experience shaped your character, your values and life choices you have made?

There are various ways to organize your history, and there is no one particular way to go about it. One idea would be to make a chronology of your life. Detail all the happy and successful accomplishments, as well as your difficult and challenging experiences. Record your family and other environments and experiences that inspired you to be interested in certain activities and have shaped your character. Be specific.

Example 1:
Throughout elementary school, I was always competitive with my brother who was only a year younger than me. I remember a particular incident when I felt very envious when my brother was admired for his drawing more than me. I drew so many pictures until I was praised as well. Even to this day, I remain highly competitive, and I never quit anything until I come first place.
Example 2:
In high school, I was involved in an extracurricular activity that worked with various environmental issues. One particular example was my involvement in a project that dealt with cleaning up a lake. We lived around the lake and listened to and worked with the neighbors in thinking of several solutions, and conducted a presentation. I never considered environmental issues before, but after this experience, I became highly conscious of companies that deal with such environmental issues.

Be conscious of, and brainstorm on the reasons why you think you developed an interest in these activities. Be as specific as possible, and think of many examples. It may seem like work now, but it will prove useful when you are asked these same questions at your interviews.
Simply stating that you are interested in the job will not be convincing to the recruiter. Lessons and teachings are more convincing with a great story or reason to back it up with. Have stories and examples from your own past experiences to support your interests, so recruiters may actually visualize and imagine how passionate you are.