5 ways you can make a difference in your job interview

Jose Ricaurte graduated from Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2012, with a double major in Marketing and Economics. After moving back to his home country of Ecuador, he is now working at an international bank and enjoying every second of it. In his free time, he loves going to the gym, finding and listening to new music, and keeping up with the latest technological news.

You sent your resume and you got a call back. Now what? The time before, during, and after the interview can be really nerve-wrecking for some. Reading articles, asking for advice, and even practicing in front of the mirror can be great ways to get ready for the big moment. However, what you really want to make sure you do is think about how you are going to make your interview be a memorable one and set yourself apart from the rest. These are five easy ways you can let the interviewer know you are going to be an asset for them.

1. Dress to impress
The interview starts the moment you take a step inside the building. Everyone is going to be looking at what you do and how you handle yourself. You only get one chance at your first impression, which is why dressing the part is crucial. Not only will you feel confident, you will show many positive traits such as professionalism and expertise just by the way you dress. Don’t know what you should wear? Look up what the company’s culture is like so you can make your choice and remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than under. Which brings us to the next point…

2. Do your research
Probably one of the most vital points from the list and the one that’s going to leave the best impression on your interviewer’s mind. Doing your research on the company is very important for quite a few reasons. First, it shows that you gave the interview the importance it needed and that you are interested in the company before even getting a chance to work in it. Also, it prevents you from asking unimportant questions that could make you seem unprepared in the interviewer’s mind. Finally, it allows you to carry a conversation about the company more fluidly since you’ll know exactly what you are talking about. All of these points are going to leave a great impression and make sure you get that “wow effect” from the person sitting across from you.

3. Have a battle plan
You put on your best possible outfit and you did all the research you could. Now what? The point of an interview is to show the company how your assets can match their needs and how you can make a difference for them. Think how exactly you are going to add value to the company and how you are going to make them money. Have a battle plan ready and think how exactly your talents, expertise or professionalism is going to set you apart from the rest.

4. Show some confidence
If you did the previous three points right, you are going to feel sure about yourself and you are going to rock that interview. Being confident about yourself is another top characteristic that is going to make a difference in the eyes of an employer. This will translate not only into the things you say but also into your body language. A person who’s uncertain of their skills and what they are bringing to the table will seem unprepared to the interviewer and will hardly land that job that they really want. Be sure to have a relaxed posture, without crossing your arms and to maintain natural eye contact at all times.

5. Send a thank you note
They say the devil is in the details. Most people might think that the interview is over the minute they walk out of that office but they are far from right, you can still make your name stand out to your potential company. Sending a thank you note is not only very polite and professional, it will leave a lasting impression with your interviewer. Make sure to ask their name and to send it no more than three days after your interview. When you write the note, keep it simple and just show gratitude for having had the opportunity to show them your skills.

Nowadays in this competitive job market getting an interview isn’t the most difficult task ever, setting yourself apart from everyone else is. If you follow this advice, it will be just a matter of time before you land that job that you’ve been dreaming of. Good luck!

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