Interviewing for a job is a competition. By the time you make the cut, you’ll be vying for the open position with up to 5 people, maybe more. So how can you stand out from the pack and make the best impression with the hiring managers to warrant a callback? There are a few simple things you can do to put your best foot forward. Here are 5 tips to get you started.
Confidence may be the single most important determining factor for many hiring managers. You need to demonstrate that you’re confident in your background and that you’re a great match for their open position. But be careful that your confidence doesn’t come across as arrogance as that will damage your chances instead.
Focus on Communication
Communication skills are essential for any job from accounting to customer service and everything in between. From the very beginning, demonstrate your skills with communication. This includes your cover letter and application as well as any phone conversations you’ve had. When you are in the interview, focus on your body language to keep it welcoming and positive.
Be Interested in Learning New Things
No matter how closely aligned you are with the job description, there will be things in any new job that you will need to learn. There may be bad habits from the past that you will need to break or new technology that you’ve never used before. To be considered for the job, you have to be open to learning these things and even excited about it.
Ask Great Questions
In the interview, you will have an opportunity to ask questions of the hiring manager. Make sure you prepare to ask great questions ahead of time. Do your research on the company so your questions aren’t too basic about what they do. For example, you can ask the interviewer what they like best about working for the company. Or where they expect the company to be in 5 years.
Have Great References
Lastly, you also want to be sure that you bring the right references to the table. Many people don’t put a lot of thought into the references they provide. They may just put down the names and phone numbers for their most recent employers. But if you really want to make a difference, contact several people you’ve worked with before ahead of time and ask if they’re willing to be your references.
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