So you got the interview, congratulations! Now you’re just another fish in a slightly smaller pond of bigger fish. You can find out the hard way that an interview doesn’t always equate to a job offer or you can follow this advice and make sure that you stand out in more ways than one.
We’ve all been told to do research on a company before you go into an interview, but nobody ever tells you what kind of information you should look for. Yes, you should do your basic background research on a company, but the information that can set you apart in an interview is being up to date on the biggest company news, whether it be a new technology or client it is key to be up to date with relevant information. Once you are up to date on the current business information pick at least one or two details that interest you and keep them in your back pocket. Your unique answer to the typical “why do you want to work here?” question will make you stand out and again reinforce your expertise and industry knowledge. You never want to simply spew facts or news about a company, you can do all the research in the world but delivery is everything. You don’t need to share everything you know about a company but simply portray that you would seamlessly fit into the company culture and transition into the position you are interviewing for.
You got the interview so the company you’re interviewing for has definitely thoroughly looked through your resume. In an interview, it is important to highlight the less featured items on your resume. An interviewer does not need an in-depth rundown on your coursework, but will be captivated by the study abroad story you could share with them; they may not need you to know about your extracurricular meeting but could be interested in how that organization has impacted or been applicable to your everyday life. Again, the presentation is everything. Find the adventure or the hurdled obstacle that you can turn into a story. Making yourself stand out while also reinforcing the more obvious skills on your resume. Make sure to speak about your previous experiences but don’t just repeat your resume, make it unique, highlight the less detailed points, and make sure it’s relevant to the job you are interviewing for.
Maintaining confidence from the time you button up your suit or zip up your dress until you walk out of an interview is important. Body language is everything, so confidence doesn’t mean a firm handshake or big smile, although those things are important, confidence means preparation, acting like you already have the job and belong in the office. You don’t have to nail every question in your interview, but speaking with conviction, being decisive, and mirroring your interviewers’ posture can be a game changer on how you are perceived. Never try to alter yourself to be the person you think the company is looking for because chances are the company is looking for an authentic and honest employee.