Receiving the news that you’ve made it to an interview phase is a great achievement! Something on your application caught the hiring manager’s eye and you’re a shoe into your dream job. The next step is an opportunity to further demonstrate your capabilities and wow the interviewer.
Most likely, you don’t know how many other candidates you’re up against. There could be dozens of others interviewing. There may be several positions available for which the company accepts applications on a rolling basis. No matter the situation, your main question going in should be what makes you stand out from other applicants. What strong points do you wish an interviewer to remember you by?
Want a call back? Here are a few tips on how to leave a lasting impression in an interview.
Dress to impress
Dressing for an interview isn’t just about putting on name brand, freshly ironed clothes. What you wear also reflects your knowledge of the company and the integrity with which you’re applying. Research the company beforehand to get a feel for culture and daily dress code. For example, interviews for tech jobs are traditionally more laid back and call for more casual dress. Chances are a software developer showing up in a suit would raise a few eyebrows for not the reasons you’d hope.
Talk about what makes you diverse
Diversity goes far beyond just multiculturalism. Diversity captures those who have a military past, unusual job experience, the LGBT+ community, and disabilities. Companies care about diversity and inclusion, because of the benefits for both coworkers and the company itself. A variety of thought processes and backgrounds give way to innovation and creativity. It also helps companies better understand a diverse customer base.
Before going into an interview, think carefully about which diverse aspects you wish to highlight. Tips to talk about diversity in an interview include avoiding bragging, using anecdotes, and focusing on the professional benefits.
Mind your manners
From the moment you walk through the office door, your behavior matters! Interviewers may be in close contact with those at the front desk or elsewhere, who will notice if something is off. Remember to be polite in your words and actions. This also applies to the way you speak about a past employer or former coworkers.
Let your genuine personality shine
Being genuine in your responses shows you are critically thinking about what the interviewer is asking and how it pertains to you. Memorizing cookie-cutter questions and answers is a good way to prepare, but don’t forget to adapt them to yourself. At the end of the day, an interviewer wants to know who you are, not just what you can do. Being yourself helps leave a memorable impression at an interview.
Confidence, confidence, and confidence!
Know yourself, your strengths, and your weaknesses. Study up on the company and position you’re interviewing for well in advance. This allows you to have a thorough understanding of the company values and what’s most important in terms of qualifications. When you get the opportunity to ask the interviewer questions, you can demonstrate this knowledge without repeating the information that you should already have known.
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