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Stand Out from the Competition

How to Set Yourself Apart in an Interview

You possess the skills, the education, and the experience.  You have a professional interview suit, a list of great references, and an impressive portfolio to share.  What’s the problem?  All the other candidates vying for the same position have the same polished approach, too. 

The competition for jobs can be tough, so how do you set yourself apart in an interview?  What sways the interviewer’s decision to select you over another similarly qualified candidate? 

Enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm is defined as “intense and eager enjoyment, interest or approval.”  Yes, most of us need a job, but employers want you to want the job, too.  Sure, we all need to work in order to pay our bills, save for retirement, and take care of our families.  However, working doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have to feel like a chore.  Finding a role with a company where people like to go to work, and whose values and goals align with your own, can make work fun and rewarding.  When you enjoy what you do, you will perform your best, and will find yourself to be more satisfied, professionally.

How can you find an employer worth being enthusiastic about?  Easier said than done, right?  Not necessarily.  A little research can go a long way:

What next?  What do you do once you have identified your dream job and landed the interview?  How do you continue to show your enthusiasm?

Simply put, you can set yourself apart from other job candidates by making it clear you have researched the company, providing examples of how you can bring value to the role, and indicating your genuine interest in the job. 

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