You Certify Yourself

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses how we certify ourselves during a job interview as the person to be chosen.


I’ve been part of a nonprofit group that runs men’s retreats around the world. In the course of standing for what is called certification (basically, being authorized by a committee of men who are leading these weekends to have the authority to lead weekends), I’ve been told that the basic idea that you try to have is you certified yourself.

Your matter and your demeanor go along way toward whether or not you will ever be chosen to be hired for an organization. That is true whether I was going for certification of that organization to leave these retreats. That’s true when you are being interviewed for a position.

Does that mean you have to carry yourself as a firm determined individual? No. It’s really about your self-confidence and your certainty in yourself, no matter what your personality is and how it displays itself in the course of the interview.

You have to be an interview clone and parade in like so many other people do with the behavior that’s false or having false arrogance. You just have to that presence and bearing that says, “I’m comfortable in my skin. I know what I know.” You need to be able to look people square in the eye, at times you’re going to smile, at times you may even laugh, a time she may display some discomfort or agony about decisions you’ve made, but you’re comfortable in your own skin as you speak about your experience, your competence and all matters.

When you can do that, it doesn’t really matter if someone chooses you are not. They’ll choose you but when you can certify yourself, when you carry yourself with believing yourself that you are the authority, then, ultimately, you will do so much better on your interviews, do so much better professionally… I want to encourage you – – relax.

You don’t have to act any particular way. You just have to really be yourself and be comfortable in your own skin.


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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