By: Brittany Collier, EAW Student Marketing Assistant
The interview process can be nerve racking. You want to do everything you can to be prepared and put your best foot forward to stand out. For all those college graduates getting ready to interview, whether that’s over the phone, via video conference, or in person, make sure you stand out from other candidates with these five tips:
1. Showcase your authenticity
Businesses value unique individuals that obtain new and stimulating ideas. They want to know what type of perspective you can bring to the table and how you would fit in at the office. People often show the professional side of themselves in an interview, which is important, but it is also key to show your own personality. Every person is already unique in their own way so if you want to be remembered you simply have to be yourself by being honest, confident and candid.
2. Ask questions
It’s common knowledge to ask questions during your interview but the more detailed you are with your questions the more you will stand out. Business want someone who is the right fit. The interviewer wants to know that you’re interested and truly value the knowledge you would gain from the experience. It’s important to show that you’re not seeking a job for the wrong reasons.
Before you head to your interview, come up with a list of at least five questions that show you’re interested in the company and the experience. Here are some examples of questions to ask that shows you’ve done your research and want to know more:
- Can you describe the culture of the company?
- What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
3. Show them why they need YOU
Along with asking great questions, you’ll most likely be asked why the position should be filled by you! Think about how you are different from other candidates, in what ways are you able to do this role better than anyone else? Your interviewer has already seen your resume so it’s important to highlight your skills in a more detailed way. Show how you do your current job effectively, how you’ve fixed any mistakes or solved a big problem. Go above and beyond by bringing a “candidate-fit summary,” a brief synopsis about your core strengths and relevant background.
4. Come prepared
Bringing your resume and a candidate-fit summary is one thing but arriving with exceptional knowledge about the company is another. Researching the company thoroughly is key to standing out among your competition. Make sure you know the company’s mission statement and the history of the company. Try to find out as much information as you can that’s relevant to the company and the position your interviewing for! Having this knowledge under your belt shows that you genuinely care and are interested in the company and its values.
5. Send a thank you note
It’s become the standard to send a thank you note after every interview, but it’s important that you get creative with it! Instead of sending a quick email try sending an online thank you note or a handwritten one that can be mailed directly. There are many online tools to make an electronic thank you note, like Canva or Paperless Post. Showing your gratitude is crucial to standing out. Businesses want to hire a candidate who is truly appreciative and exhibits effort early on, and it is recommended that you send your thank you note within 24 hours!