Here's how to stand out at a final interview

Emmi Risberg Olsson
14 June, 2023

Nervous about your interview? You're not alone – great that you've found your way here and are preparing for the meeting! In this article, you'll get tips on how to stand out a little extra in your interview if you've progressed after your chat interview with Hubert.

Give yourself a boost

Try to get into a positive and focused mood before your interview. You know yourself best – some tricks can be to spend time with someone who motivates you, take a walk, listen to your favorite music, or do something else that energizes and strengthens you. Another trick to feel prepared and in the right mindset can be to dress in something you feel comfortable in – as long as it's also professional and in line with the company you're applying to.

Make a positive impression

In addition to assessing your skills and previous experience, many recruiters are curious about whether you're personally suitable for the role. Remember to be pleasant and polite to everyone you meet, be on time, and make an impression that you're genuinely interested in getting the job by going the extra mile.

Show interest in the organization

Before your interview, take the time to research the workplace and the role you're applying for. What kind of activities do they engage in? What are their values? Tip: Check the company's website. They often describe the nature of their business right on the homepage. Many of these websites also have a section dedicated to job seekers, which can be helpful to look at.

Be specific

Here's a really good trick to demonstrate your competence and experience: During your interview, when appropriate, describe specific situations where you displayed the personality trait, skill, or experience you're discussing. For example, if you're discussing your customer service experience, try bringing up a situation where you worked with customer service. What did you do to provide the best service in that situation, and what feedback did you receive from your supervisor or customers? By doing this, you demonstrate your competence in a more credible way than simply saying, "I'm good at customer service."

Practice common questions

There are many websites on the internet that provide examples of common interview questions for the specific job you're applying for. Try practicing them at home before your interview. An example of a question that many find tricky is about weaknesses or what you think might be challenging in the role. When you receive this question, many believe it's best to actually talk about a challenge you have rather than not providing an answer at all. This is to avoid sounding arrogant or lacking self-awareness. We all have weaknesses or challenges. However, it's important to also talk about how you plan to address your weakness in the job. For instance, you can talk about how you're working on improving in that area, if you already have effective tools to handle your weakness, or describe how you believe your challenge won't be significant in this particular role. Sharing your challenges – and how you solve them – demonstrates honesty, personal maturity, and self-awareness. It shows that you have the ability to reflect and develop your work approach.

Prepare questions for the interviewer

Towards the end of the interview, you're often asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. By having a few questions that demonstrate your interest and curiosity, you have an opportunity to stand out and show how well-informed and serious you are. If you'd like, you can read our article in the archive on good questions to ask in an interview.

Good luck! Remember that you're called in for an interview because they already have an interest in you. Best of luck in your interview!

Emmi Risberg Olsson
14 June, 2023

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