How to Stand Out to an Employer During the Interview Process

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By Megan Lacombe

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How_to_Stand_Out_to_an_Employer_During_the_Interview_Process.jpgAnyone who’s ever sought employment knows how difficult it can be not only to gain an interview, but to positively stand out to an employer during the interview process. After all, in most cases employers interview a couple of different candidates for one position. When you’re competing for a job against several other candidates, you have to make sure that you set yourself apart from the crowd to increase your chances of landing the job. Here are five things that you can do to stand out to an employer during the interview process.

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1. Initiate Small Talk

Chances are you aren’t the first interview of the day. That’s why it’s a good idea to lead off with some small talk. Ask how the potential employer’s day is going so far. Talk a bit about the weather, or how nice the office looks. Small talk will help you both feel more comfortable with one another, and will establish that you care about the employer on a personal level, ultimately establishing a strong relationship.

2. Listen and Respond Accordingly

This may seem like an easy thing to do, but more often than not, candidates make the mistake of talking too much during the interview process, or providing indirect/roundabout answers to interview questions. On the flip side, don’t provide answers that are just one word. These are big no-nos and interview mistakes most people make. So listen carefully to each question, and provide a direct answer. Once you have answered the main question posed, you can then elaborate. Find that happy medium of not being too talkative or too quiet.

3. Provide Concrete Examples

During most interviews, an employer will ask you for relevant work-related experiences, or situational examples. This is where you should relay a previous experience that positively reflects your work ethic, skills, traits, and morale. Have a list of previous experiences handy so that you will be ready for this type of question. Even if an employer does not ask this type of question, you can always work it in as you go. Providing concrete examples can help the employer see what type of person you are, and it can help them envision you working at their company.

4. Always Ask Questions

It’s important to always ask questions during the interview process. Asking questions shows that you are interested in the position, as well as the company and employer. Be sure to ask how long the employer has been working at the company. Ask when the employer will be making their hiring decision. Touch upon where the position could lead to. Not only will it illustrate that you are interested, but you will also find out information that is pertinent to taking on the job.

5. Follow Up with a Thank You

After the interview, always follow up by thanking the employer for taking the time to interview you. Most follow up and say thank you by calling the day after the interview. An employer will appreciate your call.

These are just a couple of things you can do to stand out to a potential employer. For more job interview tips, contact Liberty Staffing today! We would be happy to help you. 


Megan Lacombe

Megan is a Media Communications professional at Liberty Staffing. She has experience working as a Freelance Writer for a variety of companies online. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, photography, running, and kayaking. An avid reader, she reads anything, anywhere. She puts creativity and passion into everything that she does. Her favourite quote is “Create the things you wish existed” by Anonymous.

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