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What would make you stand out as a candidate for a job position?

Type of degree - very rare but where you received your degree

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Michelle’s Answer

Dear Tyler

Here are a couple of tips:

1) These days, so many people apply for jobs, many corporations use robots to help filter the CVs. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your CV is adapted for each job you apply for using the key words in the advertisement to match your skills (honestly) in the CV. For e.g. if the advert asks for: Energetic, dedicated finance manager who has worked on transformation projects and you have worked on transformation project before but called it change management projects in your CV, it could be that your CV will not get picked if there are thousands of CVs. So then augment your CV and write your experience changing the word change management to the wording they use, transformation management.

2) Make sure your CV and linkedin Profile matches

3) Have good references that can be contacted and also ask for people to write you references on linkedin, this displays on your profile which shows confidence in you as candidate.

4) Consider getting the help of a professional CV writer in the area where you want to apply/industry you are applying for because even though it costs a bit, once again it gives you a better chance of having your CV read in the first place.

5) If you get selected for an interview, well done. Remember, looking for a job is a lot different than solving problems in the world we live in now. If you needed an answer to a question you could google it or look at a youtube demonstration to do it with someone experienced. Competing in the grand market against lots of people, will take time and don't get discouraged quickly. It can take 100's of applications. After coming from a gap year I had applied for around 80 positions and received no responses (even though I had 5 degrees behind my name and experience at a big 5 firm) - so don't get stressed, persist.

6) In the interview, we yourself. Be kind and make eye contact. Keep your energy up. Prepare very well for the interview, research the company, the interviewers by reviewing their linked profiles and social media to understand who they are and empathize with them if you can/know who they are. Be concise in your answers and don't deviate from the point.

7) Ask questions in the interview, don't overdo it but show them that you are someone who wants to learn and has a growth mindset. Don't challenge them, compliment them and show them you are there to make a difference by learning from them.

8) Mirror their language, people are usually comfortable with someone who mirrors their verbal and non-verbal cues.

9) If you don't get the job, seek feedback from the HR representative. Ask when went well, what didn't go well and how they can suggest you to improve your interview techniques.

10) Keep growing your skills and learning constantly by doing short courses (even if they are opensource, all the better) and do volunteering whilst you are on the lookout, this will help you connect with people and network (which most often makes the difference in getting a job or not).

11) Network and connect with people. Give back and make sure that you also help others to connect with contacts that they might need in your circle.

I hope this helps. Best of luck in your search.
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Arban’s Answer

Hello Tyler,

the job interviewing process is a long process as there are different steps and procedures needed to be done in order to ensure you are the best fit for the company but also for yourself. A few tips in making sure you stand out in the interview process are always being prepared for the interview meaning doing your research on the company and the position so you know what to expect, always ask questions because that makes it seem that you are interested in the job and the company you applied to work for, always look professional, be ready to provide real work life examples and just show confidence and that you want to be there. These tips will help you go a long way in the interviewing process. You were invited to be interviewed for a reason so take it step by step and don't stress yourself out. I'm sure you will do great in future interviews!
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Mia’s Answer

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- Having experience (internship, coursework, previous job etc.) or interest that is transferrable to the job
- Researching the company beforehand and finding reasons on how this opportunity excites you
- Showing soft skills such as passion, eagerness to learn, curiosity
- Bring yourself to the interview, show a personable side in addition to qualifications
- Ask about interview attire and ensure you have an appropriate background in a quiet space
- Show appreciation/gratitude for the opportunity to interview & to learn more about the role
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Tyler, thank you for your question. It really depends on the person doing the interview. I say that because different people are impressed by different things, for example some people are very impressed by what school you went to others are very impressed by your knowledge of their organization. But to be perfectly honest almost all the interviews I've conducted what really impressed me was the likeability of the candidates, you know whether or not they were personable to me or if they showed concern towards some of the questions. Most interviewers ask certain questions just to see the candidates responds, just be yourself and if you know you have some habits that may be off putting to the interviewer work on it with an advisor or life coach. Best of luck
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Judy’s Answer

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1. Being personable.
2. Being authenticate, not fake.
3. Be passionate and enthusiastic.
4. Point out hobbies you are involved in that may have related skills.
5. Research the company and prepare.
6. Ask questions about the company culture and values. See also if it is a good fit for you.
7. What do they offer for metal health and wellness programs.
8. Reach out/network with people who previously or currently work for the company to learn more about the company and their experiences.
9. During initial interviews, focus on learning about the job, tasks and company, and don't focus on salary discussions.
10. Ask about the day to day for the role you are applying for, and then share how your skills and experiences make you a good fit.