Will Your Interviewer Remember You After You Leave?

Have you seen the job market lately? It's pretty dismal out there. You're odds of being rejected are almost 100 percent. You need a way to stand out from the competition - and that competition is growing. If you don't want your interviewer to forget you, be memorable.

Tell A Story

Stories are awesome. They convey conceptual ideas in an interesting manner. Rather than merely telling interviewers how good you are, demonstrate it through a story about what you accomplished at your last job. If you can naturally introduce humor or some kind of exceptional outcome, all the better.

This works in your resume too. Instead of just providing the dry facts about who you are, tell future employers about what you did at your last job and why you were so valuable. This will get the employer thinking about you as an asset to the company instead of just another interviewee.

Customize Your Resume

No one likes getting a cookie-cutter resume. Cookie-cutters are only good for one thing: making cookies. Customize your resume letter so that it speaks to the person interviewing you. For example, if you're interviewing for a job with a fortune 500 firm, make sure you do some research and mention something about why you want to work for this company as opposed to some other firm.

If you're working for a private company, your experience working for publicly-traded firms is probably irrelevant.

Bring a Video

Videos are the ultimate way to demonstrate your abilities. If you're interviewing for a job that requires a high degree of technical skill, recording yourself performing these skill-intensive tasks might just be enough to win you the position. If you've uploaded your video to a site like YouTube, stop. Don't bother handing the interviewer the URL. Just visit this website, download and install the video download program, and bring in a copy of the video to show straight off your tablet or mobile phone.

Why? Because you don't want to risk an intermittent Internet connection or buffering.

Say "Thank You"

A thank you note is rare these days. Most people don't send them. If they don't get the job, most interviewees just chalk it up to a problem with management or a mismatch of skills or personality. The reality is that you might not be qualified for the job, but it also could be a budgetary concern.

Maybe the company you're interviewing with just doesn't have the funds to hire everyone they want. They had to go with someone else because they could pay them less money. That doesn't mean you shouldn't thank the company for the opportunity. In fact, being gracious might be the icebreaker you need to ask for referrals.

Referrals? Yes. In many industries, the hiring managers and HR team all attend meetings with HR staff from other companies. These people are friends with other companies in the same industry. They may know of job openings or have friends in HR in another company. Saying "thank you" for being rejected might actually land you a job somewhere else.

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Paul Moss is a recruiter. He loves sharing his tips for recruiting on career blogs.

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