Career Advice: How to Stand Out From the Candidate Pool

Mohan.jpgMohan Stag, a recruiter from IBM IBM India, shares his top tips to help you stand out in your next interview. Mohan’s recruiting experience cuts across domains like IT, Infrastructure, BPO & Engineering, where he interviews hundreds of candidates monthly.

Here’s how to stand out in your next interview:

Sharing with you some key tips based on what I’ve observed during interviews I’ve conducted. I hope you find them useful.

Be prepared.
This is basic, but some people fail to see the importance of preparation. It’s very essential to do some research on any company that you plan to apply to and learn about their people and culture, current and future projects and the scope of these project that may be taken up. Consider your Unique Selling Points (USP’s) – What makes you an Ideal Candidate – and bring these points up in the course of the conversation. Plan well for questions that you may be asked, and begin with a well-rehearsed introduction as first impressions count.

Make a good first impression.
Greet your interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake, while maintaining eye contact.  If being escorted, engage in a friendly conversation while making your way to the meeting room. Demonstrate enthusiasm and willingness to participate in conversation. And don’t shy away from asking questions.

Be confident.
Job interviews are a good opportunity to sell your skills, so be confident. It’s all about value selling with confidence and determination. Don’t be afraid to take ownership of your performance and achievements. Prior to the interview, spend some time listing your achievements– this helps you build your confidence, and also equips you with what to say during the interview.

Clarify anything you are unsure of.
If you need more clarification to understand the question better, don’t stop from asking. Take your time in answering questions even if you need a few moments to collect your thoughts. If you would like to hear about when you are likely to hear back from them or want feedback, just be open and ask.

Remember body language.
It is not just what you say, but how you say it. During the interview do not lean back or look at the floor; sit upright and maintain good eye contact. Lean forward when making a point that shows your interest toward the discussion. Many people cannot think and control their body language at the same time, which is why you need to practice and prepare.

Don’t overdo it.
Every Interviewer wants to see that you are a real person, so don’t overdo yourself during the interview.  Refrain from fabricating a story, instead keep the focus on what you have done and keep the conversation around facts. Talk about projects worked on and your learning and achievements while working on them.

It has been a pleasure sharing these interview tips, and I wish you good luck in your career search. Do you have questions or comments about this article? Feel free to comment below.

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