How to Stand Out in a Job Interview

July 9, 2014

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Nothing is more deflating than arriving to a job interview and discovering that you are just one in a long list of candidates. Your best chance to get selected is to somehow make yourself stand out from the crowd. Try one or more of these methods to stand out in your next job interview.

Work for Them Before You Get Hired

Bring in some ideas or suggestions for the company that you’ve been working on. The interviewer will be impressed with your proactive attitude, and the fact that you are already looking for ways to bring something to the table.

Wow Them With Your Memory

Memorize several statistics that relate to topics that may come up in the interview, and work them into the conversation in a natural way. This type of displayed knowledge will come off making you look like an expert in your field.

Zing Them With a Doozy of a Question

When the interviewer asks if you have any questions, which they most certainly will, have a question already prepared. Come up with something that gets the interviewer to look at the angle from an entirely different perspective. If possible, make it a question that forces them to envision you as already having the job. For example, “What is the first project you’ll be assigning to me as your new assistant?” Then, “When do you want it by?” This approach necessitates them responding as though you are already working for them.

Match Your Interview Style With the Job

In other words, if you’re applying for a marketing job, for example, use marketing tools like PowerPoint and presentation folders to market yourself during the interview. The interview is a unique opportunity for you to showcase the exact skills that make you the best fit for the job.

Bring It Home With Follow Through

The first thing you should do when you get home from your interview is hand write a nice thank you note. Be sure to let them know you’re very interested in the job. Mail it the same day. Your interviewer will be impressed at your professionalism and prompt courtesy.

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