How to Stand Out in an Interview

August 27th, 2012

Experience is important – that’s for sure – but employers are looking for more than just that. A good personality and a strong work ethic can put Candidate A miles above Candidate B. After all, it’s often much harder to teach someone to fit into a culture than it is to teach them a new skill. Follow these tips in your next interview and you’ll put yourself a step above the rest.

Be Charming

If you want to make a good impression, be friendly. Be happy, be alert, and don’t forget to smile. Often. Sometimes it’s not about being perfect, it’s about being personal. See a picture of cute kids sitting on the desk? Ask the interviewer if they belong to her. Try to make a connection with the interviewer. Show her you’re more than just the paper resume sitting in front of you.

Be Vocal

Yes, you’re there to answer questions, but you’re also expected to ask questions. And the conversation need not be limited to sentences that end in question marks. We’ve already covered the three things you must say in an interview – so don’t forget to say them! Again, the interview is your chance to show why you’re a great fit for the position. So do it.

Follow Through

When you leave the interview, it’s not over. Some interviewees like to send a thank you note. Others “close the deal” and reaffirm their interest either at the end of the interview or via email afterwards. Choose your plan of attack and follow through. And if you’re still waiting to hear back about a potential interview, check out our great application follow-up tips.

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