How to Stand Out in an Interview

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“Standing out” in an interview is much more than just leaving the employer with a good first impression. You must go into an interview assuming that the employer did very little research on you—they probably just liked your application enough to meet you in person. Don’t just read your resume when you list your accomplishments; instead, give insight into how you contributed to the success at your last place of work. In addition to the predictable tips like wearing bold colors and making good eye contact, here are four actions to take to ensure that you know how to stand out in an interview.

Arrive Early

You’ve probably heard someone tell you that timing is everything. One of the most common attributes employers look for in prospective candidates is good time management. If you struggle with pre-interview nerves or anxiety, arriving early will help you compose yourself before walking through the door.

Do Your Research

If you’re like many young professionals, preparing for a job interview means doing some background research on the company. Not only does research help you become better prepared for the sit-down interview it can help you determine if the job is right for you.

Don’t Be Afraid to Sell Yourself

One of the most common mistakes candidates make throughout the interview process is that they don’t describe their accomplishments and showcase their strengths enough. It’s important to remember, a job interview is not the time to be modest. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself and share your relevant work with your employer. Discuss your personal and professional strengths and how they apply to the position you are interviewing for. It’s important to give the employer a good idea of the kind of person they are hiring, personally and professionally.

Ask Thoughtful Questions

As an employer, there is nothing worse than getting to the end of a long interview and asking if the candidate has any questions and getting nothing in return. Asking questions shows engagement and genuine interest in the company and the job itself. Even if you feel like the employer has answered all of your questions, having a few back-pocket go-to questions to pull out at the end of an interview can do wonders. 

Questions to Ask an Interviewer:

  1. What does a typical day’s work look like for someone in this position?
  2. What do you like most about working for this company?
  3. What opportunities for growth do you offer to employees?
  4. Where do you see the company going in the next three to five years?

When addressing how to stand out in an interview, Staff Force can help. We have more than 30 years of experience as a staffing agency, and our professionals recognize that not only are you selling your expertise to an employer, but you are also selling yourself. If you would like more guidance on how to stand out in an interview, Staff Force advisors are committed to you.