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In a interview, how can you leave a big impression on your future employer?

Why I am asking this because I am currently looking for a job and I feel unprepared whenever they would ask me " What is my strongest quality?" or "What is my weakness?". Also, because this year I have applied to some hospitals to volunteer during the summer and I have always been rejected and I still get no feedback on what I am doing wrong. #interviews

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Jasanpreet Kaur’s Answer

Following are the things that you need to take care of:

  1. Always reach before time (That is, 10 to 15 mins before). This shows how much serious you are for the job.
  2. Dress as per the code.
  3. Be clear in your words.
  4. Dont mug up about yourself and what have you written in your resume.
  5. Prepare your SWOT well in advance.
  6. Read about the Company and the role.
  7. Read about their competitors.
  8. Prepare well in advance about how can you add value to the company.
  9. Show them that you are ready to learn new things.
  10. Accept challenges.
  11. Also, prepare about “Why you consider yourself to be the right fit for the position?”
  12. Last, always ask question when you are asked “Do you have any question in mind for us?”.

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Jennifer’s Answer

I've been on both sides of the interviewer chair and if I learned anything from being the interviewer, its that no one likes the person that says "all the right things". This sounds so cliche and I promise you'll roll your eyes at my answer at least once, but I can assure you that being your self goes a long way. Answer those questions about your personality honestly. If your strongest quality is that you are the best person that someone could enlist for their trivia team, say so! Then tie that into why it makes you a good employee. Talk about how you retain information, even when others may not view it as important. If they ask you what your worst quality is, (I'll use mine as an example) tell them the truth. I'm way too hard on myself about everything. Its something that I'm working on. But you know what, it also means that I will never settle for less than my best when it comes to my work. Any employer worth working for wants to hire a real human. So be you. Be genuine. Be honest. Just make sure that you're professional in your language and your appearance.
My other major piece of advice is ASK QUESTIONS!
Ask about their turnover, ask about their company culture, ask about what to expect your day to look like in that role. You are interviewing the employer just as much as they are interviewing you. We've all walked out of an interview going "I am so not working there". Showing that you're looking for a career and not just a job will also help set you apart from your peers.
My last smidgen of advice is to practice with a friend. Ask each other ridiculous interview questions and practice. Especially if you have anything uncomfortable in your job history (you quit because your boss was a creep, you were fired for not breaking the law, etc) you want to be able to speak to it professionally. "I unfortunately found that the company culture there wasn't a good fit for me" or " we did not agree on an ethical matter, on that note, how do you empower your employees to ask questions in those situations?".

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Sundar Rajan’s Answer

1. Be curious and know more about potential employer and what they do.
2. We all have strengths and weaknesses. But be prepared to back your claim with concrete examples to speak for why you feel so. Knowing your weakness is a great strength! If you are aware and be honest, the employer will be more than happy to know that you have a plan to address it.
3. Be honest. Honesty will build trust. Trust is the basis of any relationship.
4. Self-assessment after every interview. Failure is a great teacher. Success may spoil. Even if you didn't make it in an interview, you walk out with some learning about your self. That only means you are better prepared for the next one. Your next employer is getting a better version of you.
5. Contemplate on why you are different. What is unique about you and what is your story ? Try to articulate why you will make a big difference to somebody.
6. Be thankful and feel free to express and acknowledge. We are where we are because of so many others who helped us get thus far. Acknowledge giving the opportunity to meet and learn.
7. Lastly, Edison failed 1600+ before he lit a bulb. If he didn't try that hard, we may be in the dark for longer time! Don't lose hope.

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Tammy’s Answer

One of my early mistakes after an interview is not to send a thank you card to those who interviewed me. I also recommend mock interviews with professionals in your chosen field before you are ready to go for your big interview.

Good luck.