In this post, you will learn the 4 tips to stand out in a job interview. Applying a job nowadays is like being part of a fish tank with hundreds of goldfish; you have to stand out from the rest in order to get chosen. Because of that, competition is extreme. Believe it or not, a college diploma and employment certificates are not enough in order to land a spot in a prestigious company. You got to have the complete package starting with learning the art of job application and standing out in a job interview.
Don’t Let Your Resume Alone to Speak for Yourself, Be Proactive!
After spending an awful lot of time in perfecting your resume, the personnel on the HR department or the secretary will just tell you “we’ll get back on you” or “we’ll call you when there are already vacant positions”. Frustrating isn’t it? And what’s even worse is that at the end of the day you will realize that your resume might just be misplaced out of piles of previous submitted resumes.
Make an effort to set up an appointment to the person that you’re applying for. Since you are not VIP (yet), be patient in waiting. Upon entering the office of the boss, introduce yourself with a decent handshake and say your purpose immediately. Don’t wait for him to ask for your resume, instead hand it over instantly. Give a brief summary of your resume as he flips through the pages as if you’re telling a story. Although it’s not a guarantee that you will land a job after that liberating experience, at least you will leave a mark in his memory.
Lay Your Best Cards in the Table!
Before heading to a job interview, make sure that you did a little question and answer portion in front of the mirror. Contemplate on the questions that might be possibly asked during the interview and make sure you have a prepared response to it. Be spontaneous and bring something new like proactively saying your plans for the company, your suggestions for the improvement of the company’s products and services, or the traits you admire the most on the boss of the company.
Be Part of their Culture!
Read the company’s mission and vision together with their corporate values which they usually publish publicly. Act as if you’re already a part of their company by embodying its culture from the way you construct your resume to the way you handle the job interview.
Emphasize that you’re in it for the Longest Time! “Until when are you planning to stay in the company?” Majority of job interviews ask this make or break question which many applicants failed to answer correctly. Some said “as long as I’m still satisfied with what I’m doing” and others said “until I didn’t get any great offers from other company”. Well, how would you feel about those responses if you’re the interviewer?
Companies invest a lot in their employees.
From the moment they hired you, they will train you and nurture you to be the best that you can be. They wouldn’t waste their time and effort hiring someone who’s not planning to stay with them for a long time. So if you were asked with that same question, the safest answer would be “AS LONG AS YOUR COMPANY WANTS MY SERVICE, I’LL BE WILLING TO GIVE THEM THE BEST THAT I CAN”.
Sarah is part of a group that promotes health and safety in work places. When not working, Sarah blogs about leadership, occupational health, and safety training. She is also a regular contributor at TheNextWoman.com, a site dedicated to women entrepreneurs.
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