I’m always getting asked by job seekers, “what can I do to really stand out in my interview.”
Here’s three simple things you can do that will make a world of difference on your next interview.
1. Ability to prove worth
It is one thing to call yourself an effective leader or that you’re able to do many things. It is another to back it up. You need to prove to employers you have what it takes or it’s all lip service.
What you need to do is provide real, tangible examples of accomplishments from your past jobs. It’s one thing to say you can do something, and another when you back it up with real life stories from your past.
This is how you can clearly separate yourself from your competition.
2. More than a simple knowledge of the company
Most people take a quick look the company’s website before heading to the interview.
You need to do more than that to stay ahead in this game.
To stand out, you need to show that your research was a mile deep and not an inch deep like most candidates.
You need to go above and beyond in your efforts to show that you understand this company inside and out.
Annual reports and financial statements can help. Likewise, check for any recent news events or press releases. It’s good to look at their:
• Company vision
• Stock price
But you don’t want to go overboard either. You want to keep your questions someone relevant to the position. For example, if you’re applying for the janitors job, asking questions about their stock price and senior management history might not go over all that well.
If you’ve taken the time to demonstrate your worth and to do homework on the company, you’re probably in good shape.
So how do you demonstrate enthusiasm?
It’s hard to teach enthusiasm and you can’t fake it. It’s your own level of interest in the company, how excited you are to be there, the expressions on your face, the tone of your voice, your attentiveness – it’s all those things and more all rolled into one.
But I think the root of enthusiasm is the confidence you have in yourself. When you are confident in yourself and what you are doing, enthusiasm shines through.
Once you know what to say and how to say it, that makes all the difference in the world and dramatically raises your chances for getting the job and the Complete Interview Answer Guide will help you do just that.