With growth comes hiring, with new hires comes lots and lots of interviews. How do you stand out from the crowd? How do you leave a good impression?
As a business owner what impresses me when I interview an individual for an open position are the below. If you really want to work for the company you are interviewing at, then you need to work for it.
- Dress. Have you ever heard the saying “dress for the job you want?” When a candidate walks in for the first time, the very first thing they are being judged on is what they are wearing and how they present themselves. We are a laid back company, we don’t wear suits and we love to express ourselves through our style. That being said, overdressing will only help you. I would prefer to see a candidate with a suit on, it sends the message they are taking the interview seriously.
- Homework. Do your homework on the company. Read their website, become familiar with the team and if possible research past projects. When asked if you have any questions in the interview, ask about the firm, culture, past clients, or the owner’s background. It is impressive when a candidate asks an intelligent question. Keep in mind, people love talking about themselves.
- Humor. Interviewing is nerve-wracking, anxiety-ridden, and uncomfortable – that being said, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Share something personal about yourself (not too personal – no one wants to hear about an ex-boyfriend), like a hobby or community event you just attended. Employers want to see how your temperament will gel with other team members, and if you are standoffish due to nerves that can hurt your chances.
- Handwritten notes. Every time you are interviewed, send a handwritten note to each individual in the interview. It should be personable, interesting, and memorable. If you show gratitude for the opportunity to even interview for the position, it may put you ahead of another candidate that was neck and neck with you.
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