Ashley Wilson
over 6 months ago
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Instead of sitting quietly, building a rapport with your interviewers before getting into the nitty-gritty details of the job can give you a major competitive edge over other candidates. Plus the interview will feel more like a friendly conversation which can certainly help calm those nerves (bonus)!

The key is to find something in common, and when in doubt always bring it back to the interviewer and the company. Remember, it's less about you, more about them. Try these out during your next interview or even at a networking event!

1. It's a pleasure to meet you. How was your weekend (or how has your week been)? This demonstrates to the interviewer that you're confident, proactive, and friendly.

2. What was the most pleasantly surprising thing about working here you learned once you were on the job? It a good idea to keep the conversation focused on the interviewee and their positive experiences with working at the company.

3. What's the most memorable thing that has happened to you since joining the company? This will show you are a positive person and care about others.

4. I read a really compelling article this morning on the way to the interview. Discuss it a little and if the interviewer seems interested, continue, if not gracefully move on. Again, don’t monopolize the conversation! Although it is technically YOUR job interview, this is more about them than you.

5. What's one of the most interesting projects or opportunities that you've worked on? Interviewers will love the chance to reflect and respond on what it is they’ve worked on or are currently working on. This will also provide further insight into what they are doing now in the company, as well give the interviewer a chance to talk about their own accomplishments.

Remember to keep bringing it back to the interviewer/company and your interest in it!

Good luck : )

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Great advice! Leaving a positive impression in an interview requires some thought and preparation. Interviewers may speak to several people in a day when trying to figure out who to hire. Being a pleasant candidate that shows interest in the job and their day can help you gain the edge you need to land the position!

Great advice! Leaving a positive impression in an interview requires some thought and preparation. Interviewers may speak to several people in a day when trying to figure out who to hire. Being a pleasant candidate that shows interest in the job and their day can help you gain the edge you need to land the position!

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Rosalie Brody

It's hard sometimes to feel like it's a normal conversation during an interview. I think this will help, thanks.

It's hard sometimes to feel like it's a normal conversation during an interview. I think this will help, thanks.

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Debra ChristalVerified Employer
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Nice post Ashley, and great advice for standing out amongst the hundreds of job fair attendees:-)

About mentioning a compelling article, another tip is to be sure the article is directly related to the company or the job you're interviewing for; which will showcase your knowledge & interest in working with the company, and get the interviewer to share company achievements & future plans.

Also, asking the Interviewer "How would you describe your company’s culture?" is important, to learn about the company values and work environment, such as whether team work is important, what is their management style, or if the company participates in community volunteerism. You can learn what it's like to work for them, and if it would be a good fit with your interests and values.

Nice post Ashley, and great advice for standing out amongst the hundreds of job fair attendees:-)

About mentioning a compelling article, another tip is to be sure the article is directly related to the company or the job you're interviewing for; which will showcase your knowledge & interest in working with the company, and get the interviewer to share company achievements & future plans.

Also, asking the Interviewer "How would you describe your company’s culture?" is important, to learn about the company values and work environment, such as whether team work is important, what is their management style, or if the company participates in community volunteerism. You can learn what it's like to work for them, and if it would be a good fit with your interests and values.

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JT Wall

So true Ashley, In the number of interviews I’ve had this advice has always been a plus for the home team!! People (including hiring managers) can’t help but talk about what they know and love... “themselves”... keep them talking and the less you’ll have to say!!

So true Ashley, In the number of interviews I’ve had this advice has always been a plus for the home team!! People (including hiring managers) can’t help but talk about what they know and love... “themselves”... keep them talking and the less you’ll have to say!!

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