How to Stand Out from The Crowd in an Interview


How to Stand Out from The Crowd in an Interview by Saying the Same Thing Differently

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How to Stand Out from The Crowd in an Interview

Ensuring you stand out from the crowd when applying for a job is difficult. You write what you think the hiring manager wants to read on your CV, you prep answers for the interview all based on what you think the interviewer wants to hear but you can’t help but wonder “have they heard all of this before?”.

The simple answer is yes, and a lot of the time that is ok. But if you really want to make sure you give yourself the best chance possible at securing your next job, read on to find out how to stand out from the crowd by saying the same thing slightly different…

Question: “What makes you unique?”

Answer: Here you need to consider what the employer will find valuable, so you should try to identify a feature that distinguishes you from all other applicants. One of the most convincing reasons to hire someone is because you believe that person will solve a problem. So, during the interview, your goal should be to prove that you’re the perfect person to help the company overcome a challenge it’s currently facing. If you can do that, you’ll definitely stand out.

Question: “Tell me about yourself?”

Answer: In most cases, when faced with this question a candidate will launch into reading their bio which they have rehearsed down to the very last gasp of breath. This is your opportunity to tell your story and the great thing for you is that our brains are wired to remember stories. You have the opportunity to tell the interviewer how you decided on your current career and why you want this job whilst demonstrating your passion for your work and the company.

If you don’t have experience in that...

Answer: If an interviewer asks you about your experience in a particular area and you haven’t got any experience, then be honest. If the hiring manager knows their stuff they will be able to read between the lines to know if you’re telling the truth anyway. The best way to answer is to turn the question on its head and say that you don’t have experience, however, you are always up for learning new skills and that you’re a quick learner. This shows drive, passion and determination but most of all, they will appreciate your honesty.

If you’re trying to convey that you’re creative…

Answer: The chances are almost every candidate will mention that they are creative and quick to think up new ideas, especially when its relevant to the role that you are applying for. Unfortunately, with so many people using the same word, no matter how accurate it is to your personality, it loses its originality. To truly convey your creativity, you should give real-life examples of the things you do in your daily life. By sharing how you engage with the world around you both in work and out of work, you’re giving the interviewer a lot more to go off.

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