5 Ways to Stand Out at Your Next Interview
Hey Boss Babes!
I have been receiving a ton of questions about interviews lately
and decided it was time…
Time to get down with our bad selves and time to shine bright.
Today let’s chat about five spectacular ways to make sure you stand out at your next interview and if that isn’t enough then make sure to check out our other posts on how to slay and tips for crafting a killer resume.
Here are 5 Ways to Stand Out at Your Next Interview:
- Step Up Your Resume Game: I’m not talking about adding some dope emoji or other fun things, I’m talking presentation. If you know me, you know I can’t get enough of pretty things, details and organization. When I say step it up, I mean your overall product and presentation. I’m talking resume paper, simple and sleek folders and personalized. For example, I love these folders and this resume paper. If you know who you are interviewing with, add a label with their name to your resume folder. It shows you really went an extra step and they will appreciate it. Details baby! 😉
- Research Research Research: Research Research Research. Okay get it? Interviewers love when you actually know and give an ish about the company you are applying to. It also makes the question “why do you want to work here” easier to answer. If your heart is set on a company, learn everything you can about them. Do they have a blog? What organizations do they work with? Did they add any new products recently? How long have they been established? The more you know the better.
- Eye Contact: Nothing says confidence like making eye contact. I also feel like if I’m interviewing someone and they are looking at the ground, they either aren’t interested or maybe they don’t want to be there. When you make eye contact – but not creepy eye contact – it makes it seem like you are more alert, have a great grasp on the interview and that you are confident in yourself and your work.
- Ask Questions: You know at the end of the interview when they ask “do you have any questions for us?”, your answer is always yes. Have at least two or three questions ready to fire. I usually ask about benefits or hours and if those are already discussed then my next question is usually “how long have you been with the company?” Every interview I ask that question and every interview, the interviewer loves that question. It shows you are interested in their experience and want to learn more about them as well as the company.
- Think: It is okay to take a moment and actually think about your answers. Don’t just shoot from the hip or say the first thing that pops into your head. Breathe and take a moment. It’s okay to be nervous but sometimes that can lead to poor responses. Always have a couple of positive work situations in your head handy (like something that you did to make your current company better) and before you answer every question, take at least 3 seconds and actually think about your answer.
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