Finding a new job is hard work, but landing a great one is even more challenging. You’re a talented professional with a lot to offer any employer, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to bring your A-game to the interview.
The best jobs receive a high volume of resumes, so you have to work to get noticed. Follow these tips to gain a competitive edge sure to impress the hiring manager.
3 Ways to Stand Out in Job Interview
Make a Connection
People feel a kinship with those they have something in common with, and hiring managers are no exception to this rule. Prior to the interview, research the person online to find something the two of you have in common — i.e., favorite vacation spot, shared home state, or mutual alma mater. Slyly slip this fact into the conversation — don’t tell them about your investigation — to forge a bond. This will cement you in their memory and allow you to score serious points.
Show Your Work
Telling a hiring manager about your work is great, but showing it off is even better. Create a portfolio highlighting what you have to offer. If you can do this digitally, bring your laptop or a tablet to the interview, just in case the hiring manager doesn’t have a device in front of them. Of course, it’s also acceptable to bring a physical portfolio if the nature of your work makes it difficult to digitize.
Ask Thought-Provoking Questions
A job interview is a two-way street, but many candidates fail to perform proper due diligence. Impress the hiring manager by preparing a list of questions that scratch the surface — i.e., “What do you expect from the new hire in the first 90 days?” and “If hired, how will I be trained?” — to prove you’re taking the interview seriously. Turning the tables and putting them on the spot will show you’re the kind of person who isn’t afraid to ask tough questions.
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