Job searching can be a daunting and time-consuming process. Let’s face it, online applications and resumes don’t allow you to engage with a hiring manager the way we do in real life. However, there are many ways to make your online presence stand out in a sea of potential matches. So, how do you separate yourself from the herd in your initial contact and when moving on to the next round? Here are some surefire ways to be memorable, authentic, and star employee material in your next in-person or online interview.
The New York Post suggests that before the big day, review the job description and role-play by asking yourself key questions and answering them. In addition, it’s also essential to jot down some questions for you to ask the interviewer. You can leave a lasting impression by expressing your curiosity and desire to learn more. If your meeting is virtual, check your camera and audio equipment the day before to troubleshoot any technical issues and relax before the interview. Being organized and prepared will set you up for success during the Q&A and ensure that you show up calm and confident.
When we are under stress, nerves can get the best of us and we may sound less like ourselves and more like a robot reciting from a script. LinkedIn’s Head of Creator Programs, Callie Schweitzer, encourages job seekers to let their personalities shine through. Being personable and even vulnerable gives them a glimpse of how you’d interact with their work culture and team. Your skills and background have already impressed the hiring manager; an interview is your moment to make an honest connection. Schweitzer also suggests that you be conscious of time. Most hiring managers have a short window to get to know you, so be succinct and impactful in your responses.
Getting ready for a virtual job interview has its own unique set of challenges. Number one on the list is the possibility of technical issues or disruptions. NBC 12 said applicants should remember that there is a person on the other side of the screen. We can get caught up in relaying the best response to each question and often forget that the interviewee may also feel nervous, stressed, or is having a bad day. Review their professional history and find an appropriate time to mention a common interest, skill, or experience. Remember that you’re both in this together. Thoughtful preparation indicates that you manage tasks in a responsible and organized way.
Increase your odds of securing a job by applying for positions with intention and purpose. Don’t just choose any opening you’re qualified for. Find opportunities that align with your passions. Your enthusiasm and interest is clear to others when you have a personal interest and desire to work in the field you’ve chosen. Envision yourself in the role you’re interviewing for. What does your day look like? How will it help you grow personally and professionally? Where do you see yourself in the next year? If you are confident in your ability to excel, hiring managers will pick up on that energy. You shine best when you are invested in the work that you are doing.
Each online or in person interview will be different, but if you do your homework, prepare in advance, and are relatable, you will make a great first impression. Remember, your experience, skills, and personality are valuable assets, and every “no” is closer to a “yes.”