Excelling in Your Interview

PERKS Editorial Team

PERKS Editorial Team


May 6, 2022

How to Stand out in Your Interview

Here are some tips and tricks to help you stand out in an interview.

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With quit rates the highest they have been in years, it’s a job seeker’s market. However, with more positions opening up and candidates applying, the competition can be stiff! How do you make your experience and qualifications stand out in the interview process? Below are our suggestions.

It’s important to not go off on tangents - recruiters have a limited amount of time to figure out if you are going to be a good fit for the company. Be clear and precise when answering the interview questions. The goal is to communicate how effective you’ll be for the role by giving good, specific examples of how you navigated through challenges in the past. 

Honesty & transparency
Not only is an interview where a recruiter determines whether you’ll be the right fit for an organization - it’s also your opportunity to establish whether the organization is right for you. We’ve all been known to bluff or embellish here and there, but don’t be too extreme. Your interviewer is going to ask you follow-up questions and request examples, and believe it or not, they will be able to figure out if you’re telling the truth. 

Newsflash: Experience will always precede education! If you have a non-linear work trajectory and experience from various industries or departments, that’s a good thing. Don’t be afraid to talk about how your unique skill sets are a benefit for the role you’re interviewing for. Be confident in your skills - recruiters won’t bite (so don’t be intimidated). Sometimes, you’ll get a great recruiter who, even if you don’t get the role, will provide you with feedback and direction for where you might be a good fit. And if they don’t, just ask.

Do your research
We cannot stress this enough. Before meeting, review the job description, the website, the company values, and come up with a general idea of why this particular organization and role stood out to you. We guarantee you will be asked this question in one form or another - don’t be taken by surprise. Look into the team as well as the organization’s social causes, and be ready to talk about how you can contribute to the mission and values there.

Ask questions
Be engaged with the conversation and use this opportunity to learn more about the company. Chances are, if you don’t ask questions the recruiter will think you aren’t interested or didn’t do your research prior to the interview. That’s the last thing that you want.

Don’t forget that thank you note!
Call us old-fashioned, but this small gesture still goes a long way. Whether it’s through email or a handwritten card, thank the recruiter for taking the time to meet with you and answer your questions. Remember, recruiters often interview many candidates, and appreciation always leaves a good impression.

What other interview tips have worked for you? How did these suggestions help in your job searching process? Sound off on Twitter @getperks_io