The search for a new job is stressful. Between updating your resume and logging all the jobs you have already applied for, securing the interview is a cause for celebration!
Now that you’ve got that interview to look forward to, it’s time to think about how to make a memorable first impression. Learn how to stand out in a job interview and make sure your prospective employer walks away with good feelings about you.
Show Up Early
Give yourself enough time to get to the interview fifteen minutes early. Your promptness shows the employer that you value their time. Plus, you can take those extra few minutes to take deep breaths and review your resume. Once it’s time for the interview, you’re calm, collected, and prepared.
Wear fun, bold colors that make you smile. Stand out just a little bit from the crowd—a jumpsuit or romper is more unexpected than a simple shirt and pants. If your preferred style is more muted, wear a fun accessory like a bright headband or an enamel pin. It often doubles as a conversation piece!
Walk in With a Smile
Enter the room with a warm but professional approach. Have a firm but not crushing handshake, and make your smile clean and fresh. Make sure you’ve brushed your teeth beforehand and avoid eating before the interview. Turn your phone off and keep your pockets free of any loose change.
Have Answers Ready
Chances are, this is not your first job interview. You know or have researched the questions most interviewers ask. Prepare to answer them positively, and refrain from bad-mouthing any of your previous employers.
Ask Them Questions
At the end of an interview, prospective employers often ask, “Do you have any questions for me?” Having a few prepared shows them that you are interested in the company and want to learn more about them. You can even ask questions about the interviewer! What do they love about the company? What drew them here? Showing a personal interest also makes you memorable.
Next time you snag a job interview, keep these tips in mind as you prepare. Learning how to stand out in a job interview—in a good way—is invaluable to you in your search.