What will make you stand out at a job interview?
Hey! I was just wondering what could make me stand out a little when I go to a job interview. Would it be something that I would say, something that I would do, or something else? Thank you! #business #medicine #teaching #law #technology #interviews #information-technology #customer-service
Dave Ramanauskas, Agile Consultant, CSM, CSP
I've interviewed a lot of candidates in my career and the ones who stood for me were the candidates who did their research on the company, did their research on me by checking out my LinkedIn profile, and did their research on the job they were pursuing.
A good recruiter will provide a candidate a written description of the role they're interviewing for, and a standout candidate is one who shows up for the interview with a thorough understanding of what the job entails. A standout candidate will go that extra mile by taking the time to ask me what the most pressing problems or opportunities are that exist in the organization, and describe what they will do to help solve the problems or capitalize on the opportunities. A standout candidate will have a 30, 60 , 90 day plan in mind for getting up to speed on the job once they are hired.
There are a few ideas for you. Best of luck in your career- go get 'em !
1) Learn about the company you are interviewing for, easy to research on the internet. If you know someone there, get some info that you can share with the interviewer
2) Work on your speaking and communication style, you have to adapt to the interviewer to build trust and confidence. It's not about you it's about them.
3) Come to the interview with questions for the interviewer (what are the expectations of the me in the role, how do you see the person you hire for this role being successful, if this is the supervisor doing the hiring then ask them how they would like to be communicated with, what's good what's not so good,
4) Pay attention to the interviewers decorations, ask some questions at the right time or use it for initial conversation points until the interview starts
5) Sit forward on the edge of your chair
6) Maintain a comfortable eye contact
7) Dress better than they expect. Always go above and beyond expectations.
Do your research about the company you are interviewing with. You will be able to be more confident in answering their questions and can gear your answers to relate to their work environment and lingo.
Be authentic! .... having a smile on your face and a contradicting tone will not leave the impression you are hoping to leave with your interviewer.
Establish a connection with the interviewer.
Establishing a connection, whether it be you attended the same college or liking the same professional sports teams, anything that will allow you to have a genuine conversation to show the interviewer your personality and positivity.
Dress for the job and company. It is important to look the part you want the interviewer to hire you for.
Show up at least 10 minutes before your interview. You are interviewing for a job that needs you to be timely and prepared, show up to the interview that way .
Non verbal queues speak louder than verbal queues, practice good non verbal communication while practicing answering the common interview questions. ( I highly recommend looking over a book like 101 great answers to the toughest interview questions to help you prepare)
This article lays out some pretty basic points to help you get hired.
Best Wishes to all!
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Govardhan (Geo)’s Answer
There are few important things to remember always when you are going for a interview. Attire, Smile and confidence on your face and finally you should be good at your subject.
When you first step inside the interview room the interviewer looks at you before even interview starts. So your attire is important. You should look confident and greet interviewer with a smile to make yourself comfortable and the interviewer.
The most important part of your interview is when actually it starts. You should know very clearly about your strengths and how your strengths are going to help you in the job role and the company. Highlight your strengths briefly when you are describing about yourself how its going to help in the job you do.
Lastly know the job responsibilities and do research a lot before you attend any interview. Prepare yourself a lot don't take it easy as there are many smart charms out there trying to stand out from the crowd.
Always remember the time you are having fun somebody is practicing hard somewhere to stand on top of you.
First of all dress for the job you want, without a tuxedo, dress the part.
Second, in my opinion what everyone looks into a good candidate/good interview is someone who is concise, doesn't lose his train of thoughts, to the point, good story teller, etc.
To stand out, despite the many answers you already got, I would say:
#1 Match job posting and resume
Highlight the different part of the job posting and match it to your resume. Use maybe a few different highlighters to really distinguish the different skillset required. This will be make it easier for you to speak about what has not been highlighted (because it will come up!)
#2 Look out for the obvious
Look for the obvious questions you will be asked: Experience, gap in resume, etc. Be prepared to respond to these questions with a well prepared answer. It might be a way for you to shine.
#3 Work on story telling
A good story needs to be down to the point and follow a path of development. Don't get lost into rabbit holes and other tangent, look into the narrative and make sure it is one where you stand out.
#4 Prepare and Practice make Perfect
There will be obvious questions about your resume, also, there will be the questions we are all expecting: Tell me about yourself, what are some of your qualities, what do you like about our company, why do you want to work here, etc.?
It will vary per the role and industry but all the questions you will have will be in some sort of the same flavor from one interview to the next.
Then rehearse, under the shower, in front of the mirror, with friends, family, etc. The more you repeat your stories the more they will come naturally and when a question you have not prepared for arise you should be more relaxed to answer.
Hope this helps,
1) Your initial connection / first impression.
This link is great and I use all of these suggestions when I go to a new client. Especially #8 "Find a Connection"
2) Prepare two questions to ask at the end of the interview.
I went through a great round of interviews for a position once - in the end, they gave me the feedback that I didn't get the job because I didn't ask them questions, so they assumed I wouldn't ask good questions as I did the job.
This link has excellent options:
I recommend questions 7, 8 and 9.
Wish you the best!
The best thing to do is be prepared. Do your research on the company and ask questions based on what you learned about the company. Be excited about the job! Ask questions as the interview is also for you to decide if you would be a good fit. Use action verbs. Dress is important always dress in professional attire. Smile and be confident. If you want the job. Ask for it! Also be sure to send a thank you email highlighting your skills and indicating your desire for the position.
Researching the company and the position beforehand can demonstrate your interest in the role and your ability to take initiative. Show how your skills and experience align with the specific requirements of the job. Use concrete examples from your past experiences to demonstrate your skills and achievements. Express your excitement about the opportunity to work for the company and the role you are applying for.Show your interest in the company and the role by asking thoughtful, well-researched questions. Speak clearly and confidently, it will show your ability to articulate your thoughts and ideas. Dress appropriately, arrive on time, and conduct yourself in a professional manner. Show how your skills and experience can help the company achieve its goals and objectives. Remember that being yourself is important, and being honest and transparent about your qualifications, experience, and career aspirations is crucial. Additionally, your body language, nonverbal cues, and attitude play a big role in how you come across during an interview.
- Ask questions that engage the person you are interviewing with on a personal level (be observant and pick up on personal queues)
- Ask the interviewer where do they see them self in 5 years
Set yourself up for success by asking questions about the company and the position. Get a feel for what it may be like to work there and let the interviewer know you are interested in becoming a part of everything.
And lastly be engaging and positive. Try to treat the interview process as something fun and exciting, despite how nerve-racking it may be.
I think that is a great question. What I have found that makes an individual stand out is what are you doing differently that young adults like yourself may not be doing.
When I finished college, I didn't know which direction I wanted to go. I had studied communications with a focus in advertising, but really wanted to do marketing. I was lost in my journey and even though this is something most young adults don't have the opportunity for, I moved overseas as I was able to work in Europe as I was born there. I ended up gaining so much international experience, learning about different cultures and what an international business looks like that I was able to translate that into the conversations that I was having with companies.
What are you passionate about? Do you have any awards that you are proud of? Any experiences that can set you apart? Always be yourself and feel confident when you speak to the companies you are looking to work for. That alone will help you through the process. Maybe learn a new skill that you find is important for the job you are seeking.
MONIQUE recommends the following next steps:
-Positive attitude and friendly (people are predisposed to work with people they like/the want to be around)
-be prepared. know the job, know the company
-have questions prepared
-be excited. companies want people who want to be there