At times it feels as if landing a job is only a matter of luck – especially when you have done everything to prepare, like writing a stellar resume, having the right attitude, and practicing your interview. Additionally, hearing you are a “qualified and appreciated candidate” sounds nice, but feedback like that does not give you reassurance when it seems someone else is more qualified and appreciated than you.
According to Glassdoor “On average, each corporate job offer attracts 250 resumes. Of those candidates, 4 to 6 will get called for an interview, and only one will get the job.” A job seekers’ world is a competitive one. Therefore, standing out is everything.
So, what else can you do to make yourself stand out? Well, perfecting your interview technique could be what you need. Consider these 3 job interview practices to help make you the best candidate.
Taking notes during your interview leaves a positive impression on your interviewer when done properly. This simple task communicates to your interviewer or the hiring manager that you take initiative, are focused, detail-oriented, and interested in the position.
- Company’s mission statement and goals
- Day-to-day and overall duties of the position you are interviewing for
- Important people’s names – direct reports, CEO, CFO, etc.
When taking notes during your interview, make sure to not overdo it. Constantly writing everything down will have you staring at your notebook more than at the interviewer. Also, it is difficult to fully listen when you are writing.
When you remain engaged while highlighting key points, the practice of taking notes is beneficial to job seekers.
Asking questions during an interview gives you an opportunity to showcase your best qualities. Not only does asking questions convey to your interviewer that you are interested, but allows you to impress your interviewer with knowledge of the industry. In addition, asking questions will help you decide whether or not you truly want to work for the employer. As a golden rule, you are interviewing the employer as much as they are interviewing you.
Essential questions to ask during your interview:
- Describe the company culture
- What is a typical workday like?
- What is the best part about working for this company?
- If offered the position, how will I be notified?
- What are your expectations of me during the first 30, 60 and 90 days?
- Is this position a new one? If not, why did the previous employee leave?
- What are the day-to-day responsibilities?
Naturally, you will have questions about salary and benefits. However, asking too soon could have a negative effect on the outcome of your interview. To avoid giving off an unfavorable impression, a good rule of thumb is to let the interviewer bring it up. In the case that the interviewer does not bring it up, asking at the end of the interview is the safer route.
It is best to plan your questions ahead of time so that you are prepared. However, as the interview progresses naturally, more questions may arise.
Practice asking questions during all your interviews and you will make a good impression.
Sending a follow-up email is a great way to keep your name in your interviewer’s mind. Be sure to send a follow-up email within 24 hours of every interview, whether it is an in-person interview or a phone interview. Your follow-up email lets the interviewer know that you are still interested in the position. It is a courteous and professional gesture to remind the interviewer of who you are, ask any lingering questions, and thank them for their time. Additionally, it can give you a feeling of relief during the waiting period.
Important things to do when composing your follow-up email:
- Always write a follow-up email in the form of a thank you letter. Thank your interviewer for their time as well as for the opportunity.
- Include ideas discussed in the interview that stuck out to you, explain why they stuck out and how they relate to you.
- Remind your interviewer why you are a great fit for the position.
- Let the interviewer know how you can be contacted.
To conclude, standing out in the midst of all the other qualified candidates can be achieved. Create an interview routine of taking notes, asking questions, and following up, and you will be well on your way to being the best candidate for the job!
Article Written by April Porter