You have researched the company thoroughly, prepared lots of great examples for your answers, have fantastic questions ready to ask and you have the formal qualifications that the job description asks for. Perfect…..except that every other candidate has the same thing. They are qualified, have read the same advice as you and have prepared just as well as you have. So, how do you stand out in a competitive market?
The truth is you do need to do all the standard things (we will recap them below) like research and preparation, but there actually is one thing that can set you apart from everyone else. Your personality.
Off course the interviewer will have a checklist of requirements that you will need to meet. You will need to action all of these exceptionally well just to keep up with the top candidates.
4 Surefire Ways to Stand Out in a Job Interview
Asking Fascinating Questions
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Know More About Them Than They Do
Researching the company is important. Over-researching the company can really make an impact. If you can prove you know more about the company than they do, bringing up advancements, the impacts their products will have on the market, and more, you’ll stand out.
Follow Up All Negatives
If you are asked to say anything negative or the interviewer explains why some part of the position is hard or challenging, always follow up with evidence that you’re going to be amazing. For example, let’s say the interviewer says “We’re planning to switch from HTML to PHP” and you do not know much about PHP, you can then say “Oh that’s great! I was actually looking at some PHP classes recently!” Don’t lie, but keep an eye out for opportunities.
Bring Props (Optional)
If you have anything that can help you prove your abilities, bring them. For example, if you are applying for a job in media, bring a portfolio of your work. At the very least, bring resume copies and references, since employers like candidates that are prepared.
Once you have done all of the above the one weapon you still have left is your personality. Remember, the interviewer is a human being not a robot. For you to really stand out in their mind and not just be another interview from a huge stack of resumes, you need to be that one person who really builds rapport and makes an emotional connection with them.
When you build a positive rapport with another person, they then associate warm, positive feelings with you. Think about your current work environment. Do you feel differently about the people you have a close connection with? Chances are they make you feel comfortable and happy. Interviewers are no different. So make sure you:
- Relax a bit, show some personality
- Don’t be mechanical when delivering all your answers
- Get to know the interviewer a little bit on a human level
Yes, your answers play a big role in the interview, but your memorability is based on more than just your answers. Interviewers will remember and choose you, because you’re the one they felt good around, remembered, and liked.