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How To Stand Out From Other Candidates (3 Effective Tips)

Tips For Conducting Video Interviews

Leigh Gillatt  •  Careers Advice

How To Stand Out From Other Candidates (3 Effective Tips)


Job hunting, even without the likes of the coronavirus crisis, is more often that not hard work, and the more competition there is for any given role, the more important it is to be able to stand out from other candidates.

A study revealed that on average recruiters spend just under 9 seconds looking at your CV . So, similar to the way someone can quickly pass you by thanks to a poor picture when using apps like tinder, a CV with simple mistakes such as spelling errors or essay length paragraphs can be enough to stop you from getting the job.

So, its paramount that you make the right first impression as soon as someone is presented with your CV.

From a finely tuned CV to a well-written follow-up email after the interview, here are our 3 top tips to get yourself noticed for all the right reasons.

1. Why Applying To As Many Jobs As Possible Can Be A Mistake

Nobody should be applying for as many jobs as possible at the same time - by over applying, you won’t have the time to research the company, thoroughly read up on the role and tailor your CV specific to the job you’re applying for.

By being a little more selective and limiting the number of applications you make, you can give each one the time it deserves. This will also result in you being better prepared for an interview if you are successful in reaching that stage of the process, and a well-thought out application and CV that has been specifically tailored to the role will indicate to an employer how interested you are to work for their company and exactly why you would be a great fit within their company.

Rather than trying to apply for as many roles as you can, focus solely on a small number of handpicked roles that you are really interested in and put the time into your application for each, ensuring that your skills, relevant experience and of course personal characteristics shine through – this allows recruiter to quickly see why you’re a strong candidate for any given role and you’ll already have secured yourself an edge over other candidates that have simply just submitted a ‘one size fits all’ CV and hoped that that’s enough to get them through.

2. The Question Is... What About The Questions

Asking a few well-prepared questions in the interview can ensure you make the best use of your time and get all the information you need to make an informed decision, should you be offered the role.

Prepare some questions in advance but don’t be afraid of asking some additional ones during the interview if the conversation with the interviewer presents you with queries you want to know more information about – this will show how engaged and interested you are in what the recruiter has to say, which can set you apart from other candidates who may be a little more robotic in their interviews.

Our top picks for what to ask in an interview are:

What do the day-to-day responsibilities of the role involve?

What are your expectations for this role during the first 1 – 3 months?

How could I impress you in the first three months?

Will there be opportunities to do external training courses with this role?

Where do you see the company is headed in the next 5 years?

Who will I be working most closely with?

What are the next steps in the interview process?

3. Do You Follow Up After The Interview?

Sending a well-written follow up email after the interview is a great way to let employers know you're genuinely interested in working within their organisations, and it shows how proactive and motivated you are.

Timing is the important factor however – following up just an hour or two after the interview will undoubtedly seem over-eager in most interviewers eyes, while conversely if you leave it too long, you’ll lose the impact a follow up email can potentially have.

As a rule of thumb, getting in touch the next day will be a great time to shoot for, and it’ll make sure the interviewer still remembers you at that stage – things can move pretty quickly within the recruitment processes of firms, and employers can potentially see a fair few more candidates within a 24 hour period for particular role.

Thank them for their time, share how positive you felt during the interview, and politely ask for feedback.

Following these steps will help you to stand out from the crowd and create a lasting impression with your potential new employer.

If you need help updating your CV or to find out about our latest roles, contact your local Diverse Employment branch and connect with one of our awesome recruiters today!