It’s an extremely competitive job market and candidates need to stand out however they can. For that reason, we put together a list of things you can do to rise above the competition at your next job interview:
- Always tell the interviewer “that’s a great question” before actually answering. Compliments, whether genuine or not, are an effective method to build rapport.
- Wear checkered pants. No one is going to remember the guy/girl in the grey pants. But the candidate wearing green and orange gingham? They’re not easily forgotten.
- Arrive late so that the interviewer knows you’re an important person who is always busy with important things. Arriving early can show that you’re too eager.
- Take credit for every positive thing your previous company did, even if you didn’t contribute and you were just in the room when it happened.
- Make sure that when they ask you about your biggest weaknesses, you respond with answers that sound like weaknesses but are actually strengths (i.e. “I work too hard).
- Prepare thoughtful questions to ask the person interviewing you like “How old are you?” or “Are you pregnant?”
- Talk a lot of shit about your previous employers. Gossip is a great way to build rapport, and sharing negative, confidential information is the highest form of gossip.
- Keep your answers as long and elaborate as possible so that the interviewer has less time to ask you about specific skills or experience that you may not have.
- Use body language to your advantage. Spreading your arms and legs out into a big “bear” pose will help to instill confidence in you for the duration of the interview.
- Don’t follow up with them after your interview - it makes you look desperate.
Finding a job is extremely difficult, but hopefully this list gives you a solid foundation to start preparing for your next opportunity! Good luck.