Ways To Completely Beat Out Your Competition For A New Job
I have interviewed hundreds and hundreds of people for a wide variety of
positions over the years, and of course have been interviewed many times
myself. After all those interviews I have noted that the people who get
the jobs bring a whole lot more to the interview besides an additional
copy of their resume printed on very expensive paper. Here are some of the
things successful job candidates do that other applicants don't.
1. How to beat out the first 50% of your competition for
a new job.
A. Smile, be energetic, arrive early, and show enthusiasm.
This may sound obvious but you need to show up a little early and look
like you are actually happy to be at the interview. The quickest way to
blow an interview is to look upset or angry, display lethargic behaviors,
or appear uninterested. Make it clear through your countenance and body
language that you are excited to meet the interviewer and learn more about
how you may fit into the open position.
On the other hand remember not to overdo it with the enthusiasm. Anyone
with a puppy loves to see them jumping up and down with excitement when
arriving home from work, but that level of enthusiasm will get you sent
home pretty quick at an interview.
B. Dress appropriately.
How you dress and look for a job interview is very important. It may not
be the most important part of a job interview, but you don't want your
dress to detract from an otherwise good meeting. Dressing appropriately
for an interview not only shows you care about yourself, it shows respect
toward the employer and that you fit in.
C. Relax and be yourself.
Confidence is very important at an interview. Confidence is attractive,
draws people to you, and put others at ease around you. Interviews can be
stressful, but that is why you need to focus on relaxing and being
yourself. If you are trying too hard to impress the interviewer you will
make yourself nervous and look less confident. Behaviors like overthinking
your answers makes you seem unsure of yourself; something that can put
doubts in the mind of the person interviewing you.
2. How to beat out the next 49% of your competition.
Bring a written solution to the employer's current problem. This works
nearly every time and is an excellent way to get the hiring manager's
attention. It's fairly easy to find a company's pain points. For example,
you could Google them and read customer reviews. What are customers
complaining about or asking for?
Once you have that information create a written proposal for the company
that shows how you will use your experience and skills to solve the
problem. That is the kind of stuff current employees are assigned to do.
Hiring you as part of the team, now becomes an easy, natural transition,
because when the hiring manager reviews your proposal with you it looks
like you already work there!
3. How to beat out the last 1% of your competition
So you have now beaten out 99% of your competition by giving the hiring
manager many reasons to feel confident that you are the right choice, but
there is one more guy in the running. Here is how to get the interviewer
to send him home, by utilizing just one more step.
This step is super easy, yet the other guy will think itís not necessary.
Well, it is. If you want to beat out any remaining competitors for the
job: just ask for the job! Guess what? You arenít the pretty girl in high
school who never had to ask for a date because everyone was asking her
out. Itís just not going to work that way for you at an interview. No one
is going to say "Do you want this job?" You are going to have to do the
I have written about this step over and over again, but so many people
can't seem to get the nerve to just ask for the job, so I am going to make
it real easy and just write out exactly what you should say:
"I hope I answered all your questions today, Miss Jones. I'm excited about
this opportunity and feel this is the position that makes the most sense
for me. I am convinced I will enjoy working here, and meet the
requirements you have laid out, but understand you have to weigh your
options. Is there anything else I can answer for you or get for you so
that you would be confident in offering me the position today?"
Now understand there is a good chance Miss Jones will not commit to
offering you the job right then and there. However, what you just did was
convince her that you are for real; that you are excited about the job and
committed to making it work. You are telling her that she is not wasting
her time offering you the job just to have you reject the offer, or have
you quit 3 months later.
Do the stuff no one else is doing for an interview and you will get the
offers no one else is getting!
About the author Mike Bowman
Mike writes for TheQuarterRoll.com, a website that makes small business
ownership and personal finance fun and entertaining through the stories of
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1) Smile, be energetic, arrive early, and show
2) Dress appropriately.
3) Relax and be yourself.
4) Bring a written solution to the employer's current problem.
5) Ask for the job.