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Lenin Pina
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago

Practices to Help Make You the Best Candidate!

At times it feels as if landing a job is only a matter of luck – especially when you have done everything to prepare, like writing a stellar resume, having the right attitude, and practicing your interview.

"Hearing you are a “qualified and appreciated candidate” sounds nice, but feedback like that does not give you reassurance when it seems someone else is more qualified and appreciated than you." - Job Essentials

According to Glassdoor “On average, each corporate job offer attracts 250 resumes.

Of those candidates, 4 to 6 will get called for an interview, and only one will get the job.” A job seekers’ world is a competitive one. Therefore, standing out is everything!

So, what else can you do to make yourself stand out? Well, perfecting your interview technique could be what you need.

Consider these 3 job interview practices to help make you the best candidate.

*Taking notes *

Taking notes during your interview leaves a positive impression on your interviewer when done properly. This simple task communicates to your interviewer or the hiring manager that you take initiative, are focused, detail-oriented, and interested in the position.

Key things to take notes on during your interview:

  • Company’s mission statement and goals
  • Day-to-day and overall duties of the position you are interviewing for
  • Important people’s names – direct reports, CEO, CFO, etc.
  • When taking notes during your interview, make sure to not overdo it. Constantly writing everything down will have you staring at your notebook more than at the interviewer. Also, it is difficult to fully listen when you are writing.

When you remain engaged while highlighting key points, the practice of taking notes is beneficial to job seekers.

Asking questions

Asking questions during an interview gives you an opportunity to showcase your best qualities. Not only does asking questions convey to your interviewer that you are interested, but allows you to impress your interviewer with knowledge of the industry.

In addition, asking questions will help you decide whether or not you truly want to work for the employer. As a golden rule, you are interviewing the employer as much as they are interviewing you.

Essential questions to ask during your interview:

  • Describe the company culture
  • What is a typical workday like?
  • What is the best part about working for this company?
  • If offered the position, how will I be notified?
  • What are your expectations of me during the first 30, 60 and 90 days?
  • Is this position a new one? If not, why did the previous employee leave?
  • What are the day-to-day responsibilities?

Naturally, you will have questions about salary and benefits. However, asking too soon could have a negative effect on the outcome of your interview. To avoid giving off an unfavorable impression, a good rule of thumb is to let the interviewer bring it up. In the case that the interviewer does not bring it up, asking at the end of the interview is the safer route.

It is best to plan your questions ahead of time so that you are prepared. However, as the interview progresses naturally, more questions may arise.

Practice asking questions during all your interviews and you will make a good impression. Click here to read the full interview.

Special Thanks to our friends at Headway Staffing Solutions for taking the time to research and share this helpful information with the Jobcase Community!

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Mahamed Sulub

Thanks for sharing all

Ford Simpson

Being confident and at ease during the interview sets you apart from the other candidates. My best interests really sealed the deal when my future boss stopped and asked if I was a marine biologist. I told him I was and he said "Your hired ". My questions for him had proven that I had knowledge of the job and was capable of doing things that he required. Not always that easy but I went on to be one of his best hires. Knowledge is indeed power, Ford

Laura Turner

Excellent advice, thanks for sharing!