5 Ways to Be Memorable in a Job Interview

5 Ways to Be Memorable in a Job Interview

You’re responsible, punctual and overqualified – why aren’t you getting the job? According to¬†The Los Angeles Times, there are an average of 5.5 applicants for every job opening, so it’s more important than ever to stand out in a job interview. Here are some tips for making your best impression.

1. Connect on a personal level

Employers are looking for more than just a person to get the job done; often, they’re picking out someone they may have to work with every day, for hours on end. Let them get to know something about you, whether it’s your family or favorite sports team. See if you can notice something in the interviewer’s office (like a family photograph or poster) that can spark a bit of small talk. These conversations might make you stick out in the person’s mind when it’s hiring time.

2. Do Your Homework – and Have Questions Prepared

You’ll leave on a negative note if an interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” and you remain silent. Research as much as you can about the company and the person and compile 5 or 6 specific questions. Don’t just focus on yourself, asking about salary or benefits. Think about what the company needs. What will be expected of you? What are the company’s short- and long-term goals?

3. Come Up with a Real Answer to that Weakness Question

What are your weaknesses? We all cringe at the question, because you certainly don’t want to admit that you have a problem with punctuality, or that you have trouble working with others. On the other hand, saying that you don’t have any weaknesses is arrogant and saying you’re a perfectionist is a cop-out. The key is to be honest about your weaknesses, but focus on the fact that you’re working to improve them. Maybe you’re working on being more assertive or delegating more efficiently.

4. Focus on the Positive

In your research, see if you can find any company successes you might be able to talk about. People love getting compliments! Also, don’t dwell on something the job description asked for that you lack. You don’t have to lie, but you can focus on your strengths and attributes and how you are a fast learner. People respond to passion – so if you’re excited and passionate, you’ll be an ideal candidate.

5. Look Your Best

It sounds obvious, but many job applicants leave a poor impression with wet hair, a wrinkled shirt, etc. Buy a suit that fits you well, and give yourself ample time to get ready. If your appearance is messy, it may make interviewers think that your work ethic is messy, too.

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