Interviews can be stressful and it’s common to second guess the conversation, especially if you’re not offered the job. A recent article in Forbes, Ten Ways to Guarantee the Interviewer Won’t Forget You, considers ways to really stand out to an employer. General rule of thumb for interview prep is to research the company you are interviewing and prepare answers to standard questions (the common “Why should we hire you?” and “What is your biggest weakness?” questions). An interesting strategy presented in this article is engaging the interviewer from the beginning by asking pointed questions and spinning your answers to address how you would be an asset to the company.
“You cannot be passive in a job interview if you want to be memorable and significant to the person who may well become your new boss.” This article outlines 10 tips to ensure that you are not forgotten five minutes after leaving the interview. Number six was particularly surprising: “even if it takes all your strength, resist the urge to trumpet your fabulousness at the interview.” Instead, focus on your employer and potential issues related to the position. Proactively outlining how your problem solving skills would be an asset to the job, is one way to stay memorable to the employer.
At the end of the day, an interview is an opportunity to get to know your employer, while they get to know you. Consider these 10 tips before your next interview, they may give you the tools to beat out the competition and get your dream job.
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