4 Ways To Make Yourself Stand Out An Interview
In today’s competitive employment marketplace, it has never been more important to stand out from the crowd. Here’s our top tips on how you could do just that:
Be Creative / Think Outside the Box
As more and more employers incorporate candidate presentations into the recruitment process, interview panels find themselves faced with a dreary assembly line of Powerpoint after PowerPoint. Why not shake things up a little by going for something different. One of the best examples that we’ve heard of came from an Art Teacher, who chose to write her presentation onto the blank side of an unwanted roll of wallpaper, illustrating as she went. Quirky, yes and it may not work for everyone, but it certainly went some way in nailing her the job.
So you may have been asked to produce some resources to bring with you for interview, or you may have decided to opt for the PowerPoint after all. Many Employers are impressed if you are able to incorporate their branding and logo etc into them. It demonstrates that you are already thinking in a company minded way, sending the message to them that you are already a good fit with the company.
Do Not Rely Too Heavily on Past Experience
With so many employers in today’s marketplace opting for competence based interviews, it is no longer good enough to just talk about your past experience. That is likely part of what got you the interview in the first place. Now it’s time to demonstrate how you can use your experience to the benefit of your potential new employer. This can be done through researching the role and job spec as well as the company website etc, to see what their future plans entail. You can use this information to predict questions and ultimately, create model answers as to how you are positioned to help them attain their goals.
Yes it’s a formal situation and you have to act with a degree of formality, but you need to remember that you are not the first formally dressed person, answering questions and delivering presentations they panel will have seen today and you won’t be the last. It is a person they are seeking to employ, not a robot, so don’t be afraid to allow your personality to shine through, allowing a little humour if appropriate. The important thing is to appear friendly as well as professional- to be someone who they can see themselves working alongside easily.