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Stand Out from the Crowd
If you’ve made it to the interview stage – first of all well done! You now have an excellent opportunity to impress the hiring manager and convince him or her that you are the perfect candidate for the job. Unless you’re applying for a position with few applicants, that’s probably going to be tricky.
When there are so many candidates applying for the same role, bagging that dream career can be much more difficult quite simply because it can be hard for you to stand out from the crowd and get noticed ahead of the other candidates. The good news is that there are numerous things you can do to nudge things in your favor and ensure that your name is on the lips of every hiring manager you encounter…
“Re-read the job description. You may want to print it out and begin underlining specific skills the employer is looking for. Think about examples from your past and current work that align with these requirements. Prepare to be asked about times in the past when you used a specific skill and use the STAR method to tell stories with a clear Situation, Task, Action and Result.” – Indeed.com
Show You Have Drive
This is a tough one because a chance doesn’t always present itself, but if you can show drive during your interview, then you are far more likely to impress the interviewer. For example, should you be applying for an IT position and should one of the computers happen to get a little screwy while you’re at the interview, instead of sitting back and letting things happen, get up and solve that problem – there’s no way you won’t impress if you do that.
Live Up to Your Resume
You might know how to write a cover letter and resume so that you get the interview, but do you know how to show the hiring manager that everything you said was true and more? If not then you need to think of ways that you can prove your knowledge and experience. The above idea is a good way of doing that, but using the right language, being positive and even the body language you use will also be helpful.
Instead of simply turning up at the interview on the day and doing your best to answer the hiring manager’s questions, show that you are a diligent person by getting in touch with the hiring manager and any other people in the company who you feel appropriate, to ask questions about the job before the interview date and after it. This will show that you are truly interested and engaged in the process and you will, of course, be much more memorable due to the extra communication between you and the people who do the hiring.
Handwritten notes sent to the hiring manager after the interview are always appreciated and they help to show that you are really interested in the role, as well of course, as proving that you are a kind and thoughtful person – yes being kind really can be of benefit in business; it’s not all dog eat dog!
Tell the Truth
If you’ve say been fired from your last role, instead of trying to hide it, get it out there and show them how honest you are. In a situation where most people are desperately trying to hide their skeletons and build themselves up, it will be very refreshing and you won’t be forgotten. Obviously, try to put as positive a spin on it as possible, but be honest and direct.
Good luck with the job!