Be a Standout Interviewee
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Be a Standout Interviewee

how to succeed at interviewsDo you stand out in an interview or fade to the back? Your skills and experience will get you an interview, but it is your uniqueness that will get you hired. To be memorable you must prepare to convey your unique combination of qualities in relation to the position you are applying for. Ultimately, it is your unique qualities that communicate your “fit” to a potential employer. If you are unable to demonstrate your value, you will blend in with everyone else and easily become overlooked.

Being memorable can be good or bad

Many interviewers begin to make decisions about you before you’ve even made it to the interview room so don’t forget the basics. For example, what you wear really shouldn’t matter, but in reality if you haven’t made the effort to look smart, polish your shoes & comb your hair, you may as well turn right round and go home at this point. Always put your best foot forward as you don’t want to be remembered for the wrong reasons.

Making yourself stand out during a job interview begins before you even arrive

Take the time to answer questions that you know are going to come such as what qualities make you better qualified than all the rest for that particular job. You want to arrive at the job interview with full knowledge and recall of every single item on your resume. Being asked about something written on your resume that draws a blank from an applicant is a guarantee that you will be forgotten as soon as you step out of the office.

One strategy is to use strong examples during your interview

Telling a good story to demonstrate an experience or skill set is easier to remember than making unsubstantiated claims or providing basic facts. People remember the details of a well-crafted story. For example, if someone were to ask your experience with Excel, being able to relay a story that detailed your expertise will have a greater impact than if you were to tell the interviewer that you have received an advanced certification in MS Excel.

Put yourself in the interviewers shoes and think about what they are looking for

What qualities, skills and experience are they seeking? If you can undercover what they really want, then you can make great strides in being successful in the interview. Don’t be too confident in thinking that they’ll obviously choose you because of your experience and knowledge. No matter how good you are on paper, you still have to convince your interviewer that you are perfect for the job and suited to the culture of the company.

Remember, the job interview is the most important moment in your job search

While your resume may get you to the interview, it is your job interview skills that will secure the job offer. Preparation and practice make all the difference in your performance, because the most qualified person rarely gets the job. It’s the person who interviews the best who wins the job offer.

By Samantha Collier 

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About Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is a well-respected social media specialist in the Canadian legal realm. An experienced practitioner of online social networking, Samantha also has experience working in-house in business development for a national IP firm, but has worked in marketing and client acquisition for over 13 years.

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