Interviewers are busy, and they tend to see quite a few candidates. You only have a few minutes to grab their attention, but interviews tend to be awkward for many people. What can you do to break through the awkwardness and set yourself apart from the crowd? Here are a few tips.
Research the Company
Ultimately, companies want to hire people who want to be there. Show that you’re interested in more than a paycheck by doing your homework on the business in advance. Be ready to talk about what you like about the company and what made you want to work there specifically instead of a competitor.
Have a Conversation
Most applicants tend to treat job interviews like a pop quiz. But the best candidates recognize what a good interview is: a two-way conversation in which both sides are evaluating the fit. Prepare some interesting questions based on your research, and sprinkle them throughout the interview. You can also build a human connection with your interviewer by asking what she likes best about working for the company or where she believes the company is headed in the next five years.
Don’t rely on general descriptions to describe your last job or what you want to do next. Instead, drill down on the specifics. Be ready to discuss the results you achieved with numbers and hard data, as well as quantifiable goals for your next position. Bonus points if you can create a 30-60-90 day plan for the new job.
Remember, you want to come across like you want to be there. Make sure you dress the part, look the part, and then keep up a steady stream of enthusiasm throughout your interview. Remember your basic manners, and greet everyone you meet with a smile. Sit up straight, maintain eye contact, and put your phone away. Speak clearly and confidently, and minimize fidgeting or other nervous habits.
Say Thank You
Send a follow-up email the next day reiterating your interest in the job, thanking the interviewer for his time, and expressing your eagerness to move on to the next steps. Keep it short and friendly. Pro tip: Briefly follow up on something specific you discussed during the interview.
Standing out from the crowd can be tough, but following these tips can help you put your best foot forward in any job interview.
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