Do you want to make your Interview stand out?
Do you want to make your Interview stand out? – 17/06/2019
Does it feel comfortable and safe to follow the standard convention of an interview?
Yet is that memorable?
When going for an interview it is highly likely that several people are being interviewed for the same post, so it is key to stand out.
“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” – Albert Einstein.
Here are some tips of how to make you a more memorable candidate:
1. Know More About the Company Than Anyone Else
· Our number one tip for anyone going to an interview is to ensure that you have researched the company. If you can go into the interview knowing the company’s values, understanding the company’s target market, and ultimately knowing about the history of the business this makes a great first impression.
· Often during an interview, the interviewer will ask ‘What do you know about the company?’ — if you can’t answer that question, it indicates to the company that you’re not overly interested in working there. However, if you answer this question with well-structured knowledge and understanding of the company this shows the interviewer that your keen, have planned and prepared for the interview and that you care about the outcome.
· Most company information will be displayed on their website so be prepared to do some research in advance!
2. Arrive early enough so you can compose yourself
· It takes everyone a moment to relax and calm their nerves before an interview. By arriving early, this allows you to take time to collect your thoughts, clear your mind and grab a bottle of water or cup of tea.
· Furthermore, by arriving early this will also show to the interviewer that you are punctual and good at time management which is a key quality that employers look out for.
3. Ace the “Tell me about yourself” question
· In almost every interview one of the first questions you will receive is the dreaded ‘Tell me about yourself’. Everyone usually struggles with this question as we often find it hard to talk about ourselves, about our strengths and what we are good at, however this is a great opportunity to stand out from other candidates.
· Try to craft an answer before your interview that highlights your strengths, experiences, and interests so that you can give a confident answer.
4. Answer questions with examples
Interviewers may ask about skills and qualities you have and what better way to back these up than with examples. This in turn will show case your skills and show your ability to think on the spot. Structure these answers using with the 4 P’s:
o the problem (so what were you trying to overcome)
o the plan (what was the plan to overcome the problem)
o the practice (what methods was put into practice to achieve the plan)
o the product (what was the overall outcome)
It is easier for employers to remember stories better than facts and using examples can help achieve this.
5. Ask questions
At the end of every interview employer will ask ‘Do you have any questions?’
Make sure to follow this up with a question! Those that chose to ask the interviewer a question often tend to be more successful than those that don’t.