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How to Stand Out in a Job Interview

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Standing out in a job interview is your first step in landing a new job. Here are some tips to make a positive and lasting impression:


Research the company:

  • Before the interview, make sure you research the company and learn as much as you can about its mission, values, and culture. This will help you tailor your responses to the company’s specific needs.


Check LinkedIn:

  • See what the company is posting about and comment or like their posts. Also, see if you have any connections to a current employee.


Dress appropriately:

  • Dress professionally and make sure your appearance is neat and tidy. This will show the interviewer that you take the interview seriously and are committed to making a good impression.


Prepare answers to common interview questions:

  • Be prepared to answer questions about your experience, skills, and qualifications. Practice your responses ahead of time so that you can speak confidently and clearly. Be prepared to speak about your reasons for leaving each prior job and why you are looking to make a change now.


Show enthusiasm:

  • Show the interviewer that you are passionate about the job and excited to work for the company. Talk about why you are interested in the role and how you can contribute to the company’s success.


Ask thoughtful questions:

  • Prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer about the company, the role, and the team. This shows that you are genuinely interested in the job and have done your research.


Demonstrate your skills:

  • Use examples from your previous work experience to demonstrate your skills and abilities. This will show the interviewer that you have the skills and experience needed to excel in the role.


Follow up after the interview:

  • Send a thank you email to the interviewer after the interview to show your appreciation for their time and reiterate your interest in the job. Also, sending a handwritten thank you note also sets you apart.


Use these helpful tips to ace your interview and check our career opportunities at to see some of the hottest jobs in the Upstate.


Drew Brown 

Vice President, Godshall Recruiting