If you’ve landed an interview for your dream job, the last thing you want to do is come across as bland and entirely forgettable. You want to make a positive impression on your potential future employers and ensure that they remember you as the best candidate for the job. Make yourself memorable with our top tips for your job interview.
Cover the basics
The first thing to do is be likeable and establish a connection. Obvious, but critical. Smile, make eye contact, be enthusiastic, sit forward in your chair, use the interviewer’s name; be the best version of you. Show the interviewer that you’re the type of person that they want to work with. Not many people can do this effectively, so simply being friendly would already put you a cut above the rest.
Ask questions that really matter to you
Interviews are a two-way street, and asking your own questions is the best way for both you and your interviewer to figure out if you would be right for the job. Think about what is most important to you in terms of career; flexibility, benefits, opportunities for progression etc. Write down three or four questions in a notebook to take into the interview with you (so you don’t forget under pressure), and bring them up when your inteviewer asks if you have any questions for them. Don’t be afraid to voice your concerns, as employers respond positively to people as eager as they are to find the best fit.
Have a hook
An unfortunate truth of extensive interview processes is that many interviewers can’t always remember every detail of all the candidates they’ve seen. Make yourself memorable by hooking them with a fun or interesting fact about yourself. It could be an outside interest, or an unusual fact about your upbringing or career. Hooks create an anchor for you to stand out in their memories, but remember to keep it work-appropriate.
Know what you can offer
You know you have to research the company before your job interview, but go the extra mile and find a way you can hit the ground running. If you have a specific skill set, demonstrate how it can be leveraged immediately. Sell your key achievements as they specifically relate to the job description, talk about what makes you special and demonstrate how that would benefit to the company. Interviewers will not only remember you as clever and proactive, but as someone who can help their organisation improve and grow.
Speak in positive terms
Looking back on your job interview, you don’t want your interviewers to only remember the negative things you said. Instead of saying “I can’t,” or “I haven’t,” or “I don’t,” you should share your applicable experience and what you have learned from it. For example, if you’ve never been in charge of training, don’t say, “I’ve never been in charge of training.” Instead say, “I did not fill that specific role, but I have trained dozens of new hires and created several training guides.” Make yourself memorable by focusing on the positive – even your biggest mistake can be your best learning experience.
Reinforce your interest
A polite follow-up email thanking your interviewers for their time is the final memorable touch. Include additional information you were asked to provide, a link to a subject you discussed (whether business or personal), or mention something you learned during the job interview. The better the interview – and the more closely you listened – the easier it will be to think of ways you can make following up seem natural and unforced. Always make sure to say thank you; never underestimate the power of gratitude!