So, what do you do when this happens?
You need to start setting yourself apart from everyone else who is interviewing for the same positions as you are. If everyone is very similar, then little (or sometimes big) things can go a long way and earn you the job. You may have to start putting in more effort to land that job, but if you really want a job then it can be well worth it.
Not giving your full effort when applying for jobs is just a waste of everyone’s time anyways. 🙂
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Here are my tips to set yourself apart from other interviewees.
Understand what the company does.
Before you go into an interview, you should always understand what a company does. You should know what they sell, what they make, what their mission is, and what exactly you would be doing in your position. Most of this information can easily be found online with just simple online searches and/or reading the company’s website.
I promise it’s not that hard, yet so, so, so many people completely skip this part.
Attend events the company manages or ones they go to.
If you really, REALLY want a certain position, then you may have to go further out of your way. You may want to attend different events that the company may manage or events they often attend that you are suitable for. This way you can network and when you finally do have an interview, you can ask one of these people if they will refer you.
I did this when I was in college. The company I really wanted to work at was a part of a mentoring program and many people fought for their mentoring spots because it was a great way to network with people who already worked at the company.
Yes, they will judge the first few moments when they meet you.
Whether you like prejudgment or not, everyone does it. Those first few seconds and minutes when you meet your interviewer or interviewers are very important and they can go a very long way, or if can make your interview turn the wrong way.
You should make sure you have a firm handshake, you are on time, you smile, you smell decent, your hair is brushed, your hands are not dirty, you say hello and are polite, your clothing matches what someone would wear if they worked at the company, and more.
What interview tips do you have for interviewees to set themselves apart? What do you always make sure to do during an interview?
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