Stand Out! 4 Ways to Ace Your Interview
Renee Weisman | Excelle
You’ve got a terrific resume. You’ve crafted the perfect cover letter. Now, you’ve been called in for that all important interview. You know that over 50 people applied for this one position, and they will be interviewing qualified candidates for several days. What can you do to distinguish yourself from the competition?
There are many articles about interviewing skills, questions interviewers might ask, and mistakes to avoid when you interview. While those are helpful, when the competition is as stiff as you are experiencing today, you need to stand out. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
1. Do Some Research
Learn about the company. Get a copy of their last annual report or news report. Go to their website and learn the company’s mission and customers. Google them to see why they are making news. See who is on the board of directors and who holds the top positions. This will, of course, vary based on the size of the company. If it is a huge conglomerate, learn as much as you can about the division in which you are interviewing.
If possible, when they call to set up the interview, ask who you will be meeting with. Google them. That helps you remember names, and by knowing what they do, you can make your answers more relevant.
For example, if you are interviewing with a nonprofit agency and members of the board of directors will be interviewing you, knowing the companies they represent will give you more insight into their priorities. If you are interviewing with a small firm, look up the HR team if possible. If you are interviewing with the manager you might be working for, Google him or her. It may give you some common interests or insights you might benefit from knowing ahead of time.
Do you know anyone working for the company or who has done business with them? Ask these people about the company and specifically whether they know the people who will be interviewing you. Ask what their own interview was like.
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