5 Tips For Standing Out In An Interview

Updated: Sep 28, 2020

Tip 1: Arrive Early

Not only does arriving early look good on your part to your potential future employer, it also gives you the much needed time to collect and compose yourself before the interview. Pre-interview nerves are normal, and giving yourself time prior to the interview will help you to calm down and clear your head.

Tip 2: Research Your Interview

Researching your interviewer is one of the least commonly practiced interview tactics, though it can be extremely helpful. Just a quick search on LinkedIn can help you garner an understanding of your interviewer’s interests, passions, and most importantly, dislikes. This can benefit you during an interview by allowing you to discuss common topics of interest outside of typical interview questions. If you do not know who your interviewer is, reach out to the company’s HR department.

Tip 3: Dress to Impress

While typical interview attire revolves around a suit and tie, do not be afraid to step outside what is expected and dazzle your interviewer with a tasteful pop of color or accessory. This will convey that you are not afraid to stand out from the crowd and will also display your individuality. You should consider something with a bold color or interesting accessory that might spark a conversation.

Tip 4: Be Kind to Your Interviewers

While this may seem like common sense, it is extremely important to show kindness to everyone you meet during the application process, especially your interviewers. After all, you would not hire someone who pushed you the wrong way, right? Being kind to your interviewers makes them more likely to view you as a favorable candidate, as well as breaking down the hard formality barrier typically present in an interview.

Tip 5: Incorporate Company Value

Incorporating company values into your answers will benefit you in two ways. First, it will show your interviewer that you took the time to research the company in depth and that you have a genuine interest in becoming part of their company culture. Secondly, it will show that you share the company’s values and make you a more attractive candidate.

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