When it comes to applying for a job, your resume doesn’t get you the job, it gets you an interview. You got the interview because you fit all the company’s requirements and qualifications on paper. To land the job, you still need to pass the in-person interview. Most companies want a candidate that can do the job but also fit in with the company’s culture, that is why the in-person interview is so crucial. Sometimes it is better for a company to hire someone who really wants the job and has the right attitude than someone who has all the skills they need but simply does not fit in with the company.
With that in mind, here are couple tips from our recruiting team about standing out on paper and in-person:
Look for Common Ground
Running a simple Google or LinkedIn search on the hiring manager can reveal a good amount of public details. Do you share common ground with the interviewer, like having the same alma mater or a similar interest in community volunteering? If the interview has a more casual atmosphere, it will be in your favor to try and work any common ground into the conversation in a polite, non-forced manner. Most people like to surround themselves with individuals they share similarities with, and if your skills are excellent, this could be all you need to beat the competition.
Pay close attention to your interviewer’s demeanor. Does he seem rushed or more leisurely? The higher up the person you’re interviewing with is in the company, the less time they’ll have to speak with you in detail. Have a shorter, more succinct version of your accomplishments and skills ready in case you only a few moments to show them why you’re the person for the job.
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