Now you’ve made it through to the interview stage of the application process, it’s important to consider what measures to take to impress the interviewer[s] and make you the most memorable, stand- out candidate.
Here are 5 ways to impress in an interview:
1. Ask relevant and thought-provoking questions
Hiring managers love it when you show interest in the company and position you are being interviewed for, so make sure when it comes to the question ‘do you have any questions for us?’, you have some prepared. A sure way of losing the interviewer’s attention is replying with no questions, showing you haven’t done research or care enough to find out more.
Not sure what questions to ask in the interview? Check out our blog post here for ideas.
2. Show your enthusiasm and passion
They do say enthusiasm and passion are contagious, so when it comes to an interview, the enthusiasm you radiate when answering questions and participating in discussion can be what makes you stand out against other candidates. Hiring managers want to see that you have a genuine passion and interest in their company, the industry and the role; unfaltering enthusiasm is the way to show this.
3. Demonstrate you’ve done your research on the company
Show you’ve done your homework on the company, what services or products they offer, what their mission statement is as well as their latest news. But to really stand out, research what’s happening in the wider industry; consider news from competitors and trends that may affect the company later. Demonstrating your interest and enthusiasm towards the company will show how you would fit and benefit the organisation.
4. Sell what you can offer and what value you could bring to the company
It’s no good saying you want the job because it would be great for your development or because the salary is amazing, you need to explain to the interviewer what value you can bring to the company, what issues you can solve and how you can benefit them. Use examples and scenarios from your current and previous positions to explain what you did, how you did it, what the outcome was and what you learnt from it, placing an emphasis on how this fits the job description and company. Above all, make it plainly obvious how you can help them!
5. Have a firm handshake
Lastly, but not least, when greeting your interviewer[s], make sure you give a good handshake. Aim for a firm handshake, avoiding being too aggressive. As the interview closes, shake the interviewer’s hand again and thank them for their time. Sending an email to thank the interviewer for their time goes a long way too!