How can you outshine the competition at your next job interview?

It’s up to you to prove your worth to a potential employer. Your resume got you in the door, but it’s the way you present yourself face to face that will make or break your success. Be sure to share a clear, confident message about who you are and the unique value you would bring to a company if hired.

Here are three tips to help you seal the deal:

  1. Do your homework.

Have a strong understanding of the company, the position for which you’re interviewing, and what would be expected of you if hired.

  • Visit the company website. Familiarize yourself with the organization’s mission statement, history, products and services, and management. Check out the About Us page, as well as the News section for recent developments.
  • Check out the company’s social media accounts. This will give you a good sense of how the organization wants its customers to see it. Like or follow the company so you can keep getting updates.
  • Focus on LinkedIn. Company profiles are an excellent way to find more information on an employer. If you have connections at the company, reach out to them. Look at your interviewers’ LinkedIn pages to get insight into them and their backgrounds.
  • Do a Google search. Use both Google and Google News to find out what’s going on at the company and help shape your responses to interview questions.
  • Perfect your elevator pitch.

This is the brief sound bite that tells an employer who you are and why they should hire you.

  • Human capital is the biggest investment a company makes, so they want to get it right every time. Voice the skills you have that match the position for which you are interviewing.
  • Add your personal spin. Be yourself. Let your personality shine through.
  • Turn your weaknesses into strengths.

Interviewers continue to ask the “what is your greatest weakness” question, even though they know they’re unlikely to get a 100 percent honest answer. Why? Because the way you respond is very telling. They’re trying to get past your nice, presentable interview façade and get a real sense of what you’d be like to work with.

  • Be authentic. Pick a weakness that’s acceptable for the job, and is fixable. Don’t try to sugarcoat it, but be sure to tell how you continuously improve upon it through hard work and motivation.
  • Describe your weakness in a concise, neutral way. There’s no need to go into detail. Be brief and avoid sounding defensive or overly negative.

Do you want to know more about showing off your interview skills? ProStaff Staffing Agencies in Elizabeth can help, so call us today.