If you’re hoping for a job offer, what’s the best way to succeed? Make sure the hiring manager remembers you (for good reasons, of course).
Use these tips to set yourself apart from the competition.
Do Your Homework
Learning about a company before your interview puts you at a definite advantage. You’ll be able to give more relevant responses and ask better questions. Plus, doing your research makes you look both enthusiastic and motivated. You are so excited, and you took the time to find out as much as possible. This step does require a commitment. (That’s why it’s impressive). You’ll need to read through the organization’s website, visit their social media channels and search online for other company news. If you know someone who already works at the organization, use them as a resource too.
Dress the Part
Research shows an interviewer will form first impressions of you the moment you walk through the door. And, for better or worse, this impression will stick. Your appearance is the first thing they will notice, so you should arrive appropriated dressed and neatly groomed. If you’re not sure what to wear, ask about the dress code when you receive the interview invitation or check out how employees are dressed in the company directory. Remember, the right outfit works in your favor, and a bad outfit can destroy your chances.
Answer Questions with Specific Examples
Vague responses such as “I’m a hard worker” and “I get along well with everyone” are completely forgettable. Stand out from the crowd using stories, numbers and data. For example, tell how you took over a project that was running behind and finished it three days early. Or, explain how you served on a five-person committee to reduce office supply costs by 25 percent. These answers are more interesting. Plus, they provide a better picture of your true abilities.
Doing something a little bit different or special is another smart way to stand out. However, keep it simple. Going over the top usually works against you. If you are a candidate for an administrative assistant position, bring in a few examples of presentations you created. Or, if you are applying for a job as a machine operator, offer to troubleshoot equipment on site.
Write Thank You Notes
According to a recent survey, only 25 percent of hiring managers receive thank you notes from applicants. This is one of the easiest (and most overlooked) things you can do. An email and/or handwritten note not only expresses your gratitude, but also, reminds the interviewer, “Oh right. That person was a great candidate!”
If you’re not sure where to start, read How to Make the Most Out of Your Post-Interview Thank-You Note.
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