A lot of young adults think their resume is what gets them hired. However, the resume is just one step of the very complicated hiring process. The second step is sometimes a phone call, and then either and interview or an assignment. In larger companies, a second interview is not unheard of.
If you want to stand out in an interview, the best thing to do is prepare. Researching the company is the first step to preparing for the interview. Know the company’s values, their potential issues, the products they sell and even their goals. Finding out as much about the company as possible is the best way to impress your potential employees.
Next, find out information about the people who will be interviewing you. If you know a bit about them, it gives you the opportunity for small talk, to click and make more of an impression on them. If you can give yourself more of a personality, you’re making yourself more memorable.
Another great way to prepare is to set up Google News Alerts for the company. This way, if they come up in the news for whatever reason, you know what’s going on and can prepare for any questions that might pop up in the interview.
Prepare at least five questions for the interview and keep a backlog of questions, just in case the employer answers them during the interview. Questions that ask about corporate culture, the evolution of the role and other topics like that will show potential employers that you thought about the company and the job.
Lastly, the best thing you can do to prepare is read over the job description a few times before you go into the interview and think about situations in your life that helped you build some of those skills. I can’t count how many times that last step has helped me impress my interviewer, because I can show them how I fit the model employee they’ve outlined in the description.
Job interviews are scary, but being prepared and having a bit of confidence goes a long way towards getting yourself a job.