Outshining Your Competition During A Job Interview

With so many people unemployed today, the competition for each open job position is fierce. Many people applying for the same position have the same, if not better, job credentials. As one of many job applicants, you really need to stand out from the crowd. There are several things you can do to get the attention of the recruiter.

Your first experience with the recruiter is submitting your CV and filling out an application. Many places require you to apply online. However, it is best to apply in person if given the opportunity. Dress appropriately, even if you are just filling out an application. First impressions are everything. Approach and enter the business with a smile. Most importantly, be nice to everyone with whom you come into contact with. You never know who makes all the recruitment decisions!

Your application and CV are very important. Make sure to neatly fill out everything on your application. References should have current phone numbers and addresses listed. Once you have completed your application, review it once more for accuracy. Use your CV to grab the recruiter’s attention. It should look professional and easy to read. Be sure to list special skills and achievements that will make you stand out. When you submit your application and CV, express your interest in working for that company, and find out when the interviewing process will begin. If you have not been called for an interview, call the company to see if the interviewing process has begun.

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It is now time for the interview. Dress appropriately for the position you are interviewing. Even if the position is for a lower-level job. Wearing blue jeans and tennis shoes implies you’re not interested in making an effort. Never show up to an interview late. You want the recruiter to know that you respect his or her time. As you did when you filled out your application, enter the business with a smile and your fabulous personality.

Your personality is your secret weapon. This is going to really set you apart from the rest of the applicants. During the interview, you want to really let your personality and confidence shine. Go into that interview knowing that this company needs you more than you need it. Be careful not to be so overly confident that you seem arrogant. The goal is to let the interviewer know that you are very confident in what you do, and you would be a great addition to the company.

Recruiters are looking for confident employees. When answering questions, sit up straight and always make eye contact. Avoiding eye contact implies that you are not being truthful or have something to hide. Answer questions in a positive way. If asked about negative situations, keep your answers short. You want to come across as being a positive person. When it comes time to ask questions, make sure you have already prepared some questions about the company and the job position. Also mention some facts about the company that you found interesting. This lets the interviewer know that you took time to research the company prior to the interview.

With so much competition, the interviewer is going to be looking for more than just the basic education, job requirements and references. The interviewer is looking for the person that is going to be the best fit for the position and for the company. Your biggest advantages over the other job applicants are your personality and your confidence. Make sure you show them off.

With 20+ years of experience writing CVs, it still puts a smile on my face when I hear a client has secured an interview Lee Tonge - Founder and Director


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