When you go into a job interview, your goal is to make a good impression, right? Kind of. The goal is to make a *memorable* impression – You want them to automatically think of you when someone asks, “Who should we hire?”
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How how can you make such a powerful impression? Here are some ways to be memorable during an interview:
1. Show genuine enthusiasm.
We’ve hired several people since I started joined CAREEREALISM three years ago. Since we’re a small company, I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of the hiring process. One thing that we always remember in a job candidate is enthusiasm.
We, like many other companies, want our employees to be excited about the work, the team, and the culture. If we sense a lack of enthusiasm – or worse, no enthusiasm at all – that candidate won’t move on to the next step. (Here are some pointers on showing enthusiasm without going overboard.)
2. Don’t be afraid to show them your personality.
No one wants to work with a robot – don’t act like one in your interview! You have a great personality – show it off. Be yourself.
People remember personality. Your personal brand represents who you are and what you’re all about – professionally AND personally. When you strip your brand of any flavor, how do you think anyone is going to remember you? (Read this article to learn more about the importance of letting your personality shine.)
3. Send a thank you note.
This is a biggie. If you don’t send a thank you note after an interview, you’re pretty much out of the running.
Why? Well, first off, it’s only respectful to thank the people you interviewed with for taking the time to talk with you.
But also, if you really want the job, you’ll want to do everything you can to get an edge over your competition. If you skip the thank you note and your competitor sends one, it could mean the difference between you and him/her when it’s time to decide (and, believe me, you’re not getting points for skipping this step).
Sending a thank you note also gives you one last chance to connect with your interviewer/potential teammates. It’s worth it, and it could mean the difference between being memorable and being just another applicant. (This post will show you exactly how to write a winning thank you note – now you have NO EXCUSES!)
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