As a job seeker, the challenge might not be being qualified as there are a lot of qualified candidates out in the unemployment pool these days; or passing assessment tests which is usually the semi-final stage in a recruitment process. The challenge is standing out in a crowd of other job seekers applying for the same position as you are. And the best way of personally assuring your recruiters that you are the best fit for the job is through the interview.
This is the point where they get to meet you and judge your personality. Their decision is solely based on how you sell yourself or portray yourself in those precious minutes. Hence, why you should be at the top of your game and bring out the absolute best of yourself by selling your strengths uniquely in a few minutes.
Your main goal in an interview is to be MEMORABLE. It is not about your skills, qualifications, or proving your worth. As previously mentioned, there are a lot of qualified candidates applying for the same post as you are. Your skills and qualifications have been tested in the previous screening stage and assessment stage. Your personality is what matters the most in the interview stage.
We will be looking at five tips that will make you stand out from the crowd:
This is the most important because the way you tell your story is how you will be perceived by the person(s) listening to you. Study the art of storytelling.
It also pays to practice in front of a mirror or with a friend. Always put it in mind that you will always be remembered for talking about yourself in a relatable and interestingly detailed way.
Everyone tells their stories, but only very few communicate them memorably. Set out to improve yourself in this aspect and it will greatly increase your chances of getting the job!
You can check out our previous blog post on How to answer the tell me about yourself question in an interview here, to further understand how to tell your story memorably.
When asked during an interview if you have any questions, never say that you have no questions. Learn to always ask questions that will make your interviewers talk about themselves, their roles in the company, or the company itself. That way, they will remember you and you get to stand out.
Do not ask questions about salary, training, and sorts. Ask intelligent questions like;
Questions like this will portray you as a serious career-driven candidate that is genuinely interested in not just the post, but also the company.
A lot of people make the mistake of talking about more money, more opportunities openings, and promotions when asked why they want the job. Saying you want to grow your career is the popular answer job seekers give to this question.
Instead, talk about your passions. Give your interviewer a glimpse into how much what you are passionate about is directly related to the job role.
Interviewers will always pick a candidate who sounds like he’s going to enjoy the role because he’s going to be doing what he loves. Be sure to always show how you will gain fulfillment in the job.
Use the Internet extensively by searching for anything and everything you can find on this company online. LinkedIn, Google, and the company’s website will come in handy here. Maximize this to the fullest, ingest every information you can find on the company.
Interviewers can tell when you have done your research on the company. They love it when a candidate talks about the company with a certain kind of familiarity. It shows that you have a sincere interest in the company and boosts your chances of getting the job when you talk about research that you have done on the company, for example, your favorite thing that you read about them.
It is always the final question of the interview: Tell me why you are the best candidate for this position.
The best way to ace this question is by being unique.
Instead of saying what other candidates say, for example, driven, team player, hardworking, and so on, say exactly what makes you unique, different, and legendary.
Analyze everything about you and take your time to cook up your answer in preparation for this question coming up at the end of your interview.
Following these tips would make you stand out in a crowd of job seekers.
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