People do all sorts of things to stand out from the pack when they apply for a job — from connecting with hiring managers on social media to calling them every day. But once you get to the interview stage, making an impression is still just as important. The interview techniques you use can make all the difference.
Sometimes going out of the box and standing out is easier than you think. It can be as simple as following interview tips you’ve heard before. That’s what these professionals did–and it paid off. Here’s a look at three interview techniques that really do work, and how job seekers used them to land the job:
Bring a hard copy
I was well aware that my interviewers would have a lot of CVs to sift through — and even after they whittled down the candidates for the interview stage, they weren’t going to remember every detail of mine.
I brought paper copies of my past and current achievements with me to the interview, including my experience in writing my own blog and the successful statistics behind it, so I could discuss them in detail with the interviewer and show how they would be transferable to the job available.
It was easy to then talk about my skills and accomplishments and show how they would be transferable to the job available.
My boss appreciated my efforts to prove myself and my forward-thinking and offered me the job.
Research, research, and research some more
I cleared the telephonic round and first face-to-face interview with ease. But for the final round, I was meeting with the Head of Marketing and co-founders of the organization. Before the interviews, I searched and read everything about each of the key people in the marketing department on LinkedIn. I also checked out the company’s blog and read up on their philosophy, vision, and mission.
I impressed the HR department and the interviewers with my knowledge about the company and their careers. I spoke about how I would love to emulate them and follow them in their footsteps. Moreover, I suggested ways in which their content presentation could have been improved.
They were really happy with my interview and it landed me the position.
If you shoot for the moon, go full force
When I decided to apply for an expert-level job when I barely had any experience, I knew I had to prove my worth.
When asked why I thought I deserved this position, I explained how I wanted the job more than anyone else, and therefore, I would work harder than any other applicant. I also commented about my little to no experience and said that if given a chance to prove my worth, they wouldn’t regret it. Then, I let her know I would continue to grow my knowledge through various sources during my time as an employee. I even offered to further my knowledge through paid courses.
In the end, I wasn’t offered the manager position I applied for. But the interviewer, my now boss, created a whole new position for me that was sort of like a paid internship. I proved to her that I was more than what she saw on my resume.
You can’t be afraid to swing for the fences. However, if you DO choose to swing for the fences, don’t hold anything back. You have to prove you are worth at least a consideration.