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Ten Ways to Stand Out in a Job Interview

These strategies would get me offers in roughly 50% of my job interviews. It's part of how I grew my career from security guard to VP of Operations. It can be summarized as: do your homework, be likable, show gratitude.

    1. Spend as much time as possible building rapport at the start of the interview. Don't sit there quietly, learn to connect.

    2. Have a notebook and take notes.

    3. Have an agenda with questions in your notebook ahead of time.

    4. Don't wait until the end to ask questions. Have your questions ahead of time and pepper them in - where appropriate - throughout the conversation.

    5. LinkedIn connect and research the person. Do your homework, find connections with your sphere.

    6. Make observations about the business, the tech stack, or anything else that you uncovered in your research. If it's a product company, shop the product, online or preferably in store.

    7. If you're being interviewed for a specific skillset, show don't tell. Show by asking specific questions that require a knowledge base.

    8. As you're taking notes in your interview, make sure to have a specific reference to recall back in your thank you note.

    9. SEND A THANK YOU NOTE!

    10. Arrive early. Look perfect. If it's a video conference, check your sound, camera and lighting ahead of time.

    11. Bonus - if you're working through a recruiter and don't have the interviewers email, you can ask "would you have an email address in case i have any follow up questions?" - then use that direct email to send them a thank you note.

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