Top 10 Ways Candidates Set Themselves Apart

Top 10 Ways Candidates Set Themselves Apart
From Recruiter - September 2, 2016

Lets face it: If you could behired for a job based on your resume alone, there would be no need to interview. But because no one is hired solely as a result of their work experience or accomplishments, interviews are a necessary evil.

The face-to-face meeting does, however, offer an opportunity to go beyond the resume and set yourself apart from other equally qualified candidates.

So, how do you leverage the interview to rise above the rest? It all comes down to communication. Many surveys have found thatverbal communicationis one of thetop skills employers value in recent college grads. It stands to reason, then, that being well-spoken is one of the best ways for candidates to gain an edge over their competition.

But thats not the only way. Here are 10 other ways to set yourself apart from the pack:

1. Make Your Excitement About the Opportunity Obvious

Companies want to hire people who are eager to work for them, so express enthusiasm while youre answering interview questions.

Candidates dont always realize that they arent fully expressing their interest. More often than we want to admit, recruiters get the following feedback from clients, I like this candidate, but they didnt really seem excited about the position.

Ouchthat stings, and it is definitely hard to recover from. Put yourself in the hiring managers shoes. Wouldnt you pick the candidate who showed more interest and excitement about the opportunity, assuming all the skills were there?

2. Dont Make the Interviewer Dig for Answers

Solid candidates recognize what the interviewer is trying to uncover based on their line of questioning and respond accordingly. This means they dont just say, Oh, I have great organizational skills. They actually offer unprompted examples of how they organize their priorities and how their organizational skills positively impacted the outcome of certain projects.

3. Leave the Generic Responses at Home

Great candidates usually have unique points of view and thoughtful answers to questions. Dont be afraid to take some time to gather your thoughts in front of the interviewer before responding to a question. Its better than rushing to give ageneric answer that the interviewer has probably heard a hundred times.

4.Demonstrate Your Flexibility

Its wonderful to be committed to a five-year plan or to have clear, professional goal in mind, but you dont want to come across as rigid, especially since your specific goals may limit you from opportunities and/or directions that will only become apparent with a new position.

5. Own Your PastExperiences

When responding to questions, you are either in control of the answer, or the answer is like a runaway train. Candidates with excellent communication skills talk about their past experience in precise terms.


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