You probably already know the basics of prepping for a job interview, from choosing your outfit to researching the company. But pretty much every candidate will do those things, so how can you go above and beyond to stand out from the crowd?
Here Are a Few Tips to Stand Out From Other Candidates
Learn About Your Interviewer
If possible, find out who will be interviewing you and what their role is at the company. Then tailor your interview answers accordingly. For example, CEOs tend to think in broad, big-picture strokes, so focus on your most major accomplishments. Team leaders are typically most interested in day-to-day work habits, so be ready to detail what makes you ready to go on day one. An HR rep is typically a screener who is trying to figure out whether to send you to the next level of the hiring process, so you should stick closely to how your background matches the job description.
Show Who You Are
It’s important to be professional, but that doesn’t mean you should act like a robot. The company already likes your resume, or you wouldn’t have been granted an interview. Take the opportunity to go beyond your resume and show off what makes you unique. Everyone wants to hire someone who will be a great addition to the office culture, not just a list of skills.
Keep Asking Questions
Many people wait until the end of the interview to ask questions, so show your confidence by asking questions as they naturally arise. You will feel more confident, and your interviewer will be more at ease, if you have a conversation rather than responding like you’re being interrogated. When the interviewer asks you at the end if you have any additional questions, you can then take that opportunity to ask when a hiring decision will be made or what the next steps are.
Make a Human Connection
Forget the weather. To truly stand out, find a way to make a human connection with your interviewer. Maybe you learned something in your research about her favorite sports team. Maybe he has a picture of kids around your kids’ ages on his desk. Perhaps you went to the same college or previously worked at the same company. If you can’t find anything to connect on, ask the interviewer something about herself (nothing too personal!). This will show off your interpersonal skills and help you stand out as someone who cares about people.