Being mediocre is the death knell for all job seekers. Mediocre means your are good enough to be considered, but not good enough to be hired. You aren’t the dream hire every employer wants, you’re just a nice alternative should the top candidate turn them down.
How do you break from this mold and make yourself memorable? We dug into this concept and discovered three ideas which will help you stand out for the right reasons during a job interview:
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Video Transcript for “Three Ideas to Make Yourself Memorable in a Job Interview”
Brian Clapp, WorkinSports.com Director of Content: As you would probably imagine – many of the people that comment on our blog or email our customer service are looking for advice that will get them over the hump for getting a job. They’ve gone on interviews, they’ve sent in applications, but for some reason they haven’t been the #1 candidate and they are searching for reasons why.
I decided to approach this problem by talking to people in this situation and seeing if a theme developed. Why haven’t these people turned an interview into a job?
The job interview is the closest you get to actually being hired. When you are on an interview you aren’t just a sheet of paper anymore you are a real person, face-to-face and you get to show exactly who you are and why you fit. If you are getting to that phase but not getting hired, we really need to figure out why.
What I found from talking to people and doing some research is that there are three basic themes that emerge – every situation is different of course, but these are common themes.
#1 A Lack of Hard Skills
You must already have a certain amount of hard skills or else you wouldn’t have gotten in the door for an interview in the first place. But when you get to the interview you can’t be shy and you can’t assume they understand you, the burden is on you to be your own advocate by explaining and displaying all of your skills.
You have to be willing to pump yourself up because no one else is going to be able to do that for you. You must be able to articulate how your skills translate to this job and how you can positively affect this business.
#2 Blending In
If you just throw out all of your skills and attributes and you deliver it in a monotone or cliche manner, you will appear like any other person, not the exemplary candidate that every hiring manager wants. What I profess you do, is find an opportunity to stand up and go to a wipe board to demonstrate something – it will help break out of the mold of just, ‘they ask me a question and I answer their question.’
Maybe you can explain something in a unique manner, it still needs to be relevant and tie into the job, but don’t be afraid to try something memorable without being cheesy or over the top.
#3 Candidates Often Think Too Small
There is a job description, you know what the role is you are applying for, you have explained your hard skills, you’ve tried not to blend in – now the challenge is to show you can think even bigger. You don’t want to give off the vibe you are looking for a promotion or bigger job title before being hired, but you do want to show you think like a big business.
Every business survives and fails depending on the amount of revenue they generate, so how can you tie what your role will be to overall revenue generation or business growth. How can you demonstrate your understanding of their business and how it will be successful.
By explaining some of your thoughts you show you have done research, that you understand their business model and know how you can impact not just the bottom line, but the top line growth.
Interviewers will hear this perspective and think, “They get it – this person understands not just the role, but how to make our overall business better.”
Those are three things you can be doing to help push you over the hump for your next interview!