Congrats! You’ve aced the first part of the job search by getting called in for an interview. However, you have a hunch that multiple candidates have also been invited to interview for the position that you want. Differentiating yourself during the interview process is your key to landing the job. Here are a few tips to make you stand out from the competition.
Do Your Homework
Don’t show up for an interview without having done diligent research. Learn about the company. Go to their website and familiarize yourself with their mission, vision, and customers. Do a Google search to find any recent press releases or news articles about the organization. This will help you discover what your potential employer cares about most. By finding out as much as possibly about the company, how it’s organized, and its culture, you’ll be able to demonstrate how you personally would be an asset to the organization.
Formulate a Strategy
Before you even enter the room, decide on two or three messages that you want to convey to the interviewer. These messages should make connections between your current experience and what is needed to succeed in the role you are interviewing for. In order to really make these messages stand out, formulate them as stories in answers to interview questions. People buy into stories and are more likely to remember them over hard evidence and data.
Discuss Your Goals
Don’t wait for the interviewer to ask about your career goals. Your work values and career goals are important, so you should work them into the beginning of the conversation. Discuss both your short and long term goals. Remember, an interview is a two-way conversation. It’s about building trust, figuring out if you’re a good fit for the job and if the job is the right fit for you. Your agenda has equal importance.
Emphasize Your Potential
It’s very rare that a candidate matches the job description 100 percent. Don’t let the interview become a conversation about where your resume falls short. Instead, focus on your potential. If you’re lacking one or two of the required skills for the position, those can be learned. If you demonstrated a great ability to learn and adapt to new situations in the past, be sure to clearly articulate that. It’s a great indicator of future job performance. Your ability to guide the conversation to focus on your strengths will leave the interviewer feeling confident in choosing you as the person for the job.
Convey Your Passion
Most importantly of all, speak with enthusiasm. Capturing the energy for your passion will transform almost anyone. Nine times out of ten, the candidate the employer likes the most won’t be the one with the best technical qualifications, but the one that displayed the energy and passion they’d bring the role. A recruiter will often end up hiring the person that they feel most comfortable with since the majority of the technical skills can be learned.
Now that you’re ready to set yourself apart from other top candidates, let BOS Staffing help secure your next interview opportunity. We have helped job seekers throughout Gainesville, Georgia land jobs that are the perfect fit for them. If you are ready to take the next step in your career, give BOS a call.