Here's our tips on how to stand out in a job interview

How to Stand Out in a Job Interview (For All the Right Reasons!)

We’ve all had nightmare job interviews; those sweaty palm moments when you lose the ability to answer simple questions or you’re faced with a dragon-interviewer who refuses to crack a smile.

It’s natural to feel nervous before an interview and only experience will make them easier – like with most skills, practice makes perfect! It’s always a good idea to have a few tricks up your sleeve to help you leave a lasting positive impression on your prospective employer.

Our candidates often ask us for tips on how to stand out in a job interview – here’s what we tell them…

Start As You Mean to Go On

Interviews actually start the moment you walk through the door, so make sure you get off on the right foot! Interviewers speak to their team about what they thought of a candidate and that includes the receptionist – so make sure you greet them warmly. Check your body language is giving off the right signals, particularly if you have to sit and wait for your interviewer. When they arrive greet them with enthusiasm, a firm handshake and make good eye contact – most of all, don’t forget to smile!

Be Ready with ‘Your Story’

One of the biggest stumbling blocks our candidates face is when they are expecting structured questions but are instead faced with the words “So tell me about yourself”. It’s a simple enough request but one that often leaves interviewees flummoxed if they don’t have their answer prepared. You don’t need to give your life story, the interviewer wants to know about your experiences to date, which have shaped you into the perfect candidate for the job. Talk about past jobs (never be negative), qualifications, experiences and achievements. Finish by explaining why you are now looking for a new opportunity and why this job appeals.

Ask Away!

Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Even better, if your questions show that you have done some research about the company beforehand, e.g. “I saw online that your company offers (X), could you explain to me how this works?”. If it’s appropriate, don’t be afraid to ask questions during the interview- don’t just wait until the end. Get some ideas of the sort of questions to ask on our Interview Advice page.

End on a High

Your chance to make that final impact comes when the interview draws to a finish. Thank them for the opportunity and reiterate your enthusiasm for the position. Ask if there is anything else you can provide to help with their considerations and what the next steps are. They will appreciate your conscientious and proactive approach.

If you’ve done all of the above, you can leave your interview, safe in the knowledge that you’ve done all you can to make the best impression on your potential future employer.