You’ve probably heard 1,001 interview tips. Arrive early, do a thorough research of the company, go with copies of your CV, be bold but not arrogant; most of them are correct and several other job candidates applying for the same job position have read these tips too. So how can you knock recruiters off their feet and ultimately land that job? Here are three tips to help:
Dress like you want it bad. You may be wondering if it really matters? Yes. A lot. Interviewers like to be impressed. If there will be a 100 candidates seeking the same job, your outfit can make the difference between getting to the next round of interviews or not. Skimpy skirts, loose or hanging tops, cling-clangs, ‘blings’ or extravagant hairdo may not help you make the best first impression. You are not on the runway; anything that doesn’t fit in a typical work environment certainly wouldn’t fit in a job interview. You want to stand out, not raise eyebrows. Find out if the company has a dress code, and try to blend in but be careful not to look lost. The key is to show you want to be a part of the team and not appear too relaxed.
Answer like you are already on the team. The best interviews usually turn out to be rather conversational than formal. I once interviewed a young man who left my jaw hanging because his responses to my questions were mind-blowing, I wasn’t particular about the answers anymore as he made me feel I was having a conversation with a colleague. Of course this can only happen when you’ve done an exhaustive research on the company and gained some insights into the things they are looking out for, the likely challenges they may face and some opportunities they might be missing. Think like your potential employers, be very interactive and watch them welcome you on board.
Send a thank you email. We often hear of thank you letters and snail mails but the world is gradually moving away from these traditional means of communication. Collect interviewers’ business cards before leaving the interview and send a nice, short thank you email to each interviewer, affirming you had a nice time with them. This should be done within 24 hours after the interview so you leave a great impression on your interviews as they review candidates.
What other things can get you to stand out in interviews?
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