how to become a standout candidate

how to become a standout candidate
The interview stage is one of the most daunting stages in the application process. But the first thing to remember is once you’ve made it to the interview stage you’ve done really well to get this far – you’re halfway there!

Now your job is to make yourself “standout” from the crowd. Your interview success comes down to your personality, approach and professionalism. It’s also a chance to really elaborate on your skills and qualities and concisely tell the interviewer why you would be the ideal applicant for the job. 

Try these four simple tips and secure that job by standing out:

1. make a good impression
There’s nothing quite like the first impression. The moment you meet someone you make your mind up about them – that’s how powerful your first meeting with your interviewer is. Be friendly, polite and look the part, and don’t forget to be nice to the receptionist as recruiters will often ask their opinion of you when you are caught off-guard. 

2. keep up appearances
It doesn’t matter what the role is, you should always appear as a professional candidate and ensure your appearance matches your professionalism and is smart and neat. Avoid wearing anything too uncomfortable and make sure your shoes are polished and your hair is neat and tidy. It seems like little details, but these small elements can go a long way.

3. be prepared with questions
You should never go to an interview unprepared. Make sure you have done your research and thought about questions you might ask from the interviewer. Show your interest and that you have really thought about your role in the company by asking them questions at the end. Read these tips on preparing for your interview.

4. do your research
You will inevitably be asked about how much you already know about the company, and it doesn’t look good if you simply say “nothing”. Make sure you research the company in advance and find out exactly what they do, who their audience is and even how to answer this question. 

Make your interview count and take these final steps to secure that role. And don’t forget you can always talk to one of our experienced consultants if you need further advice on turning yourself into a standout candidate.
Posted: Friday, 21 April 2017 - 8:45 AM