Monday, July 26, 2010

you have to stand out

If you make it to the interview stage in your job hunt (congratulations!), one of your biggest challenges is going to be standing out from the other candidates (in a good way, of course). Because the horrible truth is, if the interviewer can't remember much about you, you're going to get a "thanks but no thanks."

So how do you stand out?

That's a hard question to answer, but here are some general principles:
  • Be personable. (Smile!)
  • Be confidant. (A firm handshake, eye contact, no mumbling.)
  • Talk about yourself. (Seriously. I have interviewed people who barely talk.)
  • Show genuine interest. (Again, eye contact.)
  • Ask questions. (You are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you; this is your chance to determine if this is in fact the job you want. Oh, and it shows that you're interested.)
Any other tips?

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