In a competitive job market, it’s important to do your best to stand out. The good news is that there is no need to stress about things out of your control. Instead, focus on how you can stand out in an interview. The answer is in these six steps.
Six Steps to a Stand-Out Interview
Preparing for an interview is a no-brainer. Everyone knows that you shouldn’t just “wing it.” But how exactly should you prepare? Follow these six steps and you’ll absolutely be ready, plus you’ll feel confident.
Research the company.
It’s important to look at the company website and search for them on social media. Get to know what they say, plus what their customers/stakeholders say about them. Also, try to find them in any news or press releases. As you get to know any products or services related to the company, take notes and jot down any questions you might have. These notes and questions may come in handy during your interview, helping you stand out from other applicants.
Compare your skills to the job description.
Analyze the job description and think about your previous job experience. How does your past make you qualified? You might also want to choose this time to write down some specific anecdotes that demonstrate your skills and qualifications. It’s better to have these in mind than have to frantically think of examples during the interview!
Prepare responses to common questions.
Most interviews include a combination of resume-based questions, behavioral questions and experiential questions. Have some sample responses written down for easy retrieval during the interview.
Plan and plan some more.
You should plan your outfit for the day. When in doubt, wash and iron it to look fresh and clean. Also take some extra time to plan what you will be bringing to the interview. Print out extra copies of your resume. If you need any work samples, letters of recommendation, or a list of references, get those ready so you don’t have last-minute packing to worry about the day of your interview.
Don’t forget about the importance of non-verbal communication.
Facial expressions and body language are very important to consider when you’re in an interview. Before your interview, review your own posture and habits. You can even ask a friend or family member to practice interview scenarios with you.
Be strategic in your follow-up questions.
Most interviewers end their time asking if you have any questions for them. Before you even go to the interview, during steps 1 and 2, prepare some possible questions. Throughout the interview, continue to take simple notes to help you remember any questions you have. Avoid asking any questions that you could find easily on the website or by doing some research on your own.
Find the Right Job
Now that you know how to be fully prepared for an interview, it’s time to find the perfect job to apply to and stand out! Contact Principle Personnel to help you find the right job.