Five Ways to Get Noticed (In a Good Way)

  | Rachel Stones

You’ve secured a coveted interview spot, now it’s time to put your best foot forward. From demeanor to dress, read on to learn ways to attract the attention you need to land the job.

Dress and Act for the Part
Poll results released by CareerBuilder this year reported that 51% of employers know within the first five minutes whether a candidate is a good fit for a role (on par with 50% and 49% reported the previous two years). Since it’s difficult to delve into the experience and skills that make you suitable for the position within those first five minutes, be sure your dress and demeanor are on target.

In most interviews, opt for business dress. This means a suit for men and dress slacks or skirt and blouse for women. In some environments, you may be able to get by with business casual attire, but be sure to research the company first to determine the typical employee wardrobe. In the same poll cited above, 49 percent of employers said inappropriate dress was one of their instant deal breakers.

In addition to attire, display good posture. Slouching in the interview chair doesn’t look appealing. Conversely sitting up straight can indicate you’re engaged in the interview. It’s also a good idea to keep eye contact. While you don’t want to have a staring contest, maintaining eye contact shows focus. When you avoid making eye contact it can make you seem shifty or insecure.

Project Confidence
If you’ve made it to the interview stage, then the hiring manager liked what they saw on your resume. Use this interview as an opportunity to elaborate and sell yourself for the position. Be confident in your skills and abilities.

If you’re not sure how to project confidence, practice. Have a friend or family member stage a mock interview. This can help you learn how to discuss your experience confidently without sounding insecure or arrogant.

Be on Time
Sounds simple, right? However, being late is continually cited as one of the most common interview mistakes. To avoid being late, make a plan before the scheduled interview time. Know where the interview is going to take place and how long it takes to travel there. Then plan on leaving for the interview at least 10 minutes early to account for any unforeseen issues that may arise (traffic, transportation delay, etc.).

Arriving early is best. It allows you to get comfortable in the interview environment. However, avoid being more than 10 minutes early. Doing so could interrupt the interview schedule.

Be Honest
Dishonesty was the number one instant deal breaker cited by employers in the above-mentioned poll.

Be truthful when answering questions and queries regarding your experience. Misconstruing the facts can hurt you and the employer and be grounds for termination if you’re hired.

Hiring managers also want honest answers to tough questions. When faced with, “what’s your biggest weakness?” be truthful. Hiring managers have heard all the rote answers. Asking this question might not even be for the answer itself, but to determine if you give an accurate portrayal of your workplace habits. They want to know you’re human. That said, it’s okay to follow up your weakness with the ways you’re working to overcome it.

Show Interest and Initiative
Once you’ve secured the interview spot, do your research. Read through the company’s website and familiarize yourself with their goals and vision. Study their products and services, paying attention to the areas of the company that are applicable to the role for which you’re interviewing. This knowledge will come across in the interview and show a hiring manager your initiative.

During your interview and following it, continue to show interest in the role and the company. During the interview, ask pertinent questions about the role and its responsibilities. When the interviewer has concluded with their questioning, express your interest in joining the company and inquire about the remainder of the hiring process and timeline.

After leaving the interview, immediately send off a thank you note to the interviewer for their time and consideration. You might also touch on why you feel you would be the best fit for the position, but be sure to keep it short and sweet. Following the appropriate amount of time, reach out to the hiring manager to follow up on the status of the hiring process.

Authors Bio: Rachel is a writer for the Built for Teams blog. She loves to offer tips and advice on everything from interviewing and resume building, to management and employee development. She also enjoys reading, cooking and creative writing.

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