Standing Out from Other Candidates When Interviewing

Setting yourself apart from other candidates is an important part of interviewing. Below are 5 tips to follow to set yourself up for an interview that will make you stand out from the crowd of applicants in an interview. 

1. Be positive and authentic displaying your personality.

Maintain eye contact, don’t fidget and be authentically yourself. Most companies hire for your personality — not the exhaustive list of skills on your resume. Be enthusiastic, talk about your ideas, your triumphs, and what you have learned from your experiences. Show them you are exactly what they’re looking for.

2. Allude to the work you’d do if you were hired.

Take the initiative to show them what having you as an employee would be like. For example, if you are applying for a marketing position you could write up an outline of a marketing plan for their last product launch. For a public relations position you could craft a press release and outreach strategy for one of their newer products. Impress with your initiative, but also with how serious you are about working for them.

3. Display what you can do for the company in the long term.

Businesses want people who aren’t afraid of the tactical work, but also possess a strategic mind. Understand the here and now, but also focus on the future of the organization and the vision. Demonstrate your focus by being able to share what you believe you can contribute to the company within the next two to five years based on what you have learned about the organization through researching the company.

4. Be prepared to discuss salary.

Get comfortable with the salary conversation. Be prepared to answer where you’re at currently for salary and where you want to be in your next role. Get comfortable and be specific on numbers.

5. Do your homework.

A candidate who has done a bit of research on a company’s history and culture is a breath of fresh air. Take the time to craft a resume specific to the opportunity you’ve shown interest in and don’t just submit a generically compiled list of tasks. You’ll show a recruiter you’re not just interested in a job, but a career.