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Job Interviews – Four Tips for Improving Assertiveness

November 19th, 2013
How will you assert yourself in an interview?

How will you assert yourself in an interview?

In a job interview, leaving a strong and assertive impression on an employer could make all the difference. A candidate with confidence and clearly defined skill sets is ideal in the workplace, and displaying assertiveness is a sure fire way to convey both traits to a new company. In this blog post, we  share four basic tips for increasing your assertiveness during a job interview.

Tip #1: Have a strong presence: Did you know that a first impression is typically made within the first 6 seconds of interaction?  Your presence is made up of everything you wear, say or do from head to toe. To ensure a strong first impression be sure to dress to the nines, stand extra tall with confident posture, use strong and effective body language, eye contact and walk, stand or sit with purpose.

Tip #2: Interview the interviewer: This is especially important in showing your strength as a candidate. Do not fear taking a bit of control over the direction of the interview. Prior to the interview, consider making a list of questions you have regarding the company, the position and various projects you may become a part of if hired. Asking questions of this nature will convey a true interest in the company and will demonstrate innovative thinking and commitment to being the best you that you can be.  

Tip #3: Contribute to the company: There is no rule that says that you cannot share your valuable ideas before being given a job. Give the hiring manager or interviewer a clear depiction of how you would contribute to the company’s standards of practice. Furthermore, mention specific scenarios or hypothetical situations in which your specific talents and skills could contribute. Share ideas and problem solving skills prior to being hired; it will surely impress.

Tip #4: Know what you want and don’t be afraid to ask for it: Let the interviewer know that you want the positionif you think it will be a good fit. Be sincere in sharing your desire to come on board and reassure the interviewer of the traits and skills that make you a strong and ideal candidate for the job at hand. 

Whether you are aiming to make a more assertive first impression or are hoping to convey a generally heightened sense of confidence, these tips will surely set you on the path for success. Don’t forget that if you are looking for quality job placements or temporary staffing solutions, JPS Inc. can help you find everything you are looking for! Contact us, today!

About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE). We can be reached at or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

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