Standing out in an interview

24 Aug 2021

The world is adjusting back from the coronavirus pandemic, understanding that this is the new normality. As a result, with countries reopening their borders and lockdowns being lifted, companies have also started to expand their teams to meet demand. Therefore, stay on the lookout! There are a few job vacancies going around! In preparation for any job interviews, you’ve got to think on what will make you stand out. Luckily, we’ve got the answers for you.

Speaking to CNBC Make It, LinkedIn's vice president of global talent acquisition Jennifer Shappley. She spoke about the Great Resignation, a period during which millions have quit their jobs and started seeking something else. This is because people have now been through the ample lockdowns forced by the coronavirus outbreak, and thus can look for jobs that suit them better. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy has seen over a third of its companies short-staffed. 

Due to the high demand, companies are offering hiring bonuses, higher salaries, additional time off as well as the possibility of working from home. Shappley said, "If a candidate brings up the Great Resignation in their interview and wants to explore what's out there, that's not a red flag.” She went on to advise job seekers, “Even if you're interviewing for 10 different things, which is a reality of the market we're in, take your time and do your due diligence to prepare for every interview as if it's the only position you're looking at."

Shappley didn’t claim that there were specific things to say to help you stand out, however, she emphasised on the importance of research ahead of the interview. “Someone who asks a question that starts with, 'I noticed this,' or 'I've seen this in the job posting on your website,' or 'I've seen this,' and then they lead into their question. This shows they've done their research and then formed a question tied to that. It stands out versus not having a question at all or using something more generic."

"Make sure in this opportunity, when there are lots of roles available, you're staying true to what fulfills you. Where do you derive purpose in the work you do? Focus on that in your interview and ask questions around that to ensure it's a great fit," she concluded.

Keep in mind that you’re interviewing for a job that will take a lot of your time – feel free to ask questions about what the job will do for you. If you want to learn more about preparing for a job interview, click here