Ways to differentiate yourself when applying to jobs, how to make a memorable first impression, etc.

Even when it seems like there are lots of jobs available, you still want to stand out as the best candidate on the market. Employers will seek you out, recruiters will want to work with you, and it may even help you leverage more money during the salary negotiation process. But how can you stand out as a candidate? We have tips that will help you be at the top of your game.

Research The Company

You’d be surprised to learn how many candidates fail to prepare themselves for the interview process by conducting due diligence around the company they’ve applied to. You should know the market, the job description, and the company. If you’re on LinkedIn, you should try to connect to other people that work in the company. You may already have someone in your network that currently works there. All of this pre-interview work will help you go into the meeting with more confidence and make you stand out from the crowd.

Show Your Resilience

Sticking it out in a company that is experiencing turmoil is one way to exhibit resilience. Working while putting yourself through school is another example. If you’re a new graduate and you achieved academic excellence or handled your studies while playing sports, this puts you in a good light with employers. Maybe you worked two jobs at one point to help pay down your student loans. All of these things show your resilience, grit, and determination—all characteristics that set you apart.

Ask How You Can Help the Company
This is a different approach that will get the attention of employers. Companies hire workers because they have a problem that additional help will solve. Go into the interview with the attitude that you are there to solve problems and make things happen. It’s a refreshing approach that elevates you from a worker to a leader on the team.

Make Your Interview Memorable
Try to interact with the interviewer in ways that connect with them and leaves them with a good feeling about you as a person. You might be able to connect with these interviewers in advance on LinkedIn. Or bring everyone a crisp copy of your resume or leave them with a portfolio or something else that makes you stand out from the crowd.

Ask Really Great Questions
Part of the process for preparing for the interview should include coming up with great questions for the hiring team. Ask about the company mission and vision. What is the work environment like? Who will you report to and who is on your team? Ask about the company’s plan for growth and what is the owner’s vision for where the rim is heading? Your interview should feel like it is a two-way street where you’re finding out if the role is as good a fit for you as you are for them.

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Sep 30, 2021 By Amy Sanderson