Program Manager at Apple
San Francisco, California
It might depend on the job you are applying to, but for a first interaction with HR I believe there are certain things that would make you stand out: - Show passion and real interest for their company and the role, demonstrate that you have done "your homework" by researching about the company, the culture and their mission. - Most jobs nowadays value candidates who demonstrate interpersonal skills, ability to work in teams, pro activeness to get things done and flexibility to adapt. Try to show you have those skills. - Try to differentiate yourself from other applicants. Have you done something extra-curricular that is interesting and different? What are some of your interests? Show that on your resume and you might catch their attention. - For an interview, prepare and practice, practice, practice. Know you're story, be ready to answer why you are applying for that role, what are your strengths, weaknesses, and so on. There are many resources online to prepare for interviews, try to take a look at some behavioral questions and have answers ready for them. - Relax and be yourself!