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If you’re interviewing for HR Coordinator jobs or other similar HR jobs, you’ve come to the right place.

We’re going to look at the top HR Coordinator interview questions and how to answer them to get hired!

Let’s get started…

Top HR Coordinator Interview Questions to Practice: 1. Questions About Why You Want to Work in HR

You’ll hear questions like, “why are you applying for this position?” and, “why do you want this job?” in any interview, and HR job interviews are no different.

And if you’re already in HR while looking for a new HR job, they might ask, “Why did you choose this career?” or “what do you enjoy about working in HR?”

They’re going to want to know that you’ve done your research, read the job description carefully, and have specific reasons for why you want this.

There’s no “right” answer for why you want to be an HR coordinator but you do need some type of reason.

You could say a friend works in HR and said it’s a great career.

Or you can say you enjoy working with people and you’ve always been good at listening to others, coming up with solutions, working with a variety of different personalities, etc.

You could also say a former boss, colleague, or mentor recommended it.

Just make sure you have something prepared to say for this type of HR interview question.

2. Questions About Your Job Search Overall

You should be ready to show the employer that you’re applying for multiple HR jobs, not just one.

This will put their mind at ease and show them that HR is really what you want to be doing!

Their main fear here is that you don’t know much about what an HR coordinator job involves, and will not like it (and leave quickly after being hired).

For example, if you’ve applied for 10 marketing jobs and just one HR Coordinator job, they’re really going to wonder if this is something you want to do, and why you applied.

Employers love to ask, “what other jobs are you applying for?” or “what other companies are you interviewing at?” to diagnose this and see if you really know what you’re getting into!

So be ready to show that you’re really looking for HR Coordinator positions in particular.

Hiring and training you costs a lot of money, so expect multiple questions about this topic in any HR Coordinator interview.

3. Questions About HR Coordinator Job Requirements

Another way employers see if you really know what you’re getting into, and check whether you are really going to like this job and stay, is to ask about the job requirements.

They might say, “why do you feel you’d do well in this position?

They might ask about the job description directly, with a question like, “what on the job description made you think you’d be a good fit?”

Stay calm and don’t panic here. This DOESN’T mean they think you’re a bad fit. It just means they want to know what you saw and what you think!

Be confident and be ready to show them you know what the job involves and are ready to put in the effort to succeed.

Study the job description before going into any HR Coordinator interview so you can talk about specific points you read on the job description (and how you fit those points).

That’s a great way to stand out and show employers you really prepared, and that you didn’t just apply to 100 jobs without looking (that’s not going to make an employer feel like you really want their job, right?)

Here’s a full job prep checklist if you want to know what else I recommend doing besides practicing questions and answers.

4. Questions About Your Communication Skills/Personality

You should expect HR Coordinator interview questions about how you communicate, and your personality overall.

Examples of interview questions:

Don’t feel pressure to be fake or dishonest, but do make it sound like you enjoy working with others.

Otherwise, you’re really not going to enjoy an HR job anyway. There’s often a lot of communication involved, whether it’s on the phone or in-person (most HR jobs involve a lot of in-person).

Try to give examples of how you’ve communicated effectively with different types of people, too. Show how you’ve used clear communication to solve problems in past jobs.

5. Questions About How You Handle Deadlines

Next, employers will want to know how you handle deadlines.

This is very important for an interviewer to know before hiring you for an HR Coordinator role (or any coordinator role).

Being a coordinator for a department can be stressful and you’ll often have multiple projects, each with a deadline.

So you want to show employers that you’re battle-tested and you’ve worked under tight deadlines before.

Be ready to talk about how you’ve juggled multiple projects, prioritized things, communicated clearly with multiple people/groups… all to get a great outcome or result on the project!

Ideally, try to have one or two specific examples ready from past jobs. If you’re looking for a job with no work experience, come up with an example from your academic work.

6. Questions About Your Career Goals/Aspirations

Since HR Coordinator is an entry-level job typically, or near entry-level, employers will want to know where you see yourself in a few years, too.

Most companies want to hire people who are eager to learn and grow with the organization.

So be ready for questions like, “where do you see yourself in 5 years?? (or 2 years, 3 years, etc.)

Be prepared to show them you want to progress and grow, and that you don’t plan on being an HR Coordinator forever.

You can say your goal is to learn HR and then advance to a higher level role in the company, still within HR.

If you’re already in HR you can say your goal is to build out your HR skills further and then advance in the future.

7. Learn the Most Common Questions for ANY Interview

Along with the HR Coordinator interview questions above, there are some questions all employer love to ask… no matter what type of job you’re interviewing for.

You always want to be ready to answer:

And be sure you have great questions to ask the interviewer, too. That’s just as important as your answers to their questions.

I explain why in that article linked above.

If you don’t ask good questions, they’ll think you don’t really care which job you accept, and they will NOT want to hire you.

HR Coordinator Interview Questions and Preparation Tips – Recap
  1. Expect interview questions about why you want to work as an HR Coordinator
  2. Expect questions about what other types of jobs you’re looking for, and why
  3. Be ready to show you read the job description and know exactly what it means to be an HR Coordinator in their company
  4. Be ready for interview questions about your communication skills, and be ready to give examples of how you’ve used communication to solve problems and disagreements in the past
  5. Expect questions about how you’ve handled tight deadlines and your ability to work under pressure
  6. Be ready to answer interview questions about your long-term career goals and aspirations
  7. Prepare for the very common interview questions like: “tell me about yourself,” “what motivates you?” and “why did you leave your last employer?”
  8. Prepare great questions to ask the interviewer at the end of your HR Coordinator interview. This matters more than most job seekers realize!

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Dealing with age discrimination when job searching isn’t easy – it can be frustrating and mentally draining, and you might even feel like giving up.

Don’t call it quits yet, though!

In this article, I’m going to share my best advice for how to overcome age discrimination in a job search so you can get hired faster and with less frustration. (Based on my experience as a recruiter).

How to Overcome Age Discrimination When Job Searching: Master Guide

First, we’ll look at age discrimination on job applications and your resume.

Then we’ll talk about age discrimination in job interviews.

Finally, I’ll share more tips to help you get hired faster, as well as how to know when it’s time to contact a lawyer when you feel you’ve been discriminated against.

Part I: Age Discrimination on Job Applications and Resumes

To prevent age discrimination when applying for jobs, I’d recommend showing a maximum of 15-20 years of experience on your resume employment experience section.

Then, do the same thing on the job application form if they ask you to fill in your employment history. Just match it with your resume.

I’d also recommend not sharing your graduation date on your resume if you’re concerned about age discrimination.

For your email address, make sure you’re using an email provider that’s viewed as “modern”, like Gmail. Avoid Hotmail or AOL email addresses.

Also, on your resume, put a link to your LinkedIn profile. This will show employers you’re staying current with your networking, etc.

If you want more tips and ideas like this, I published a full article on how to avoid age discrimination when applying for jobs.

Let’s talk about discrimination in job interviews next.

Part II: Age Discrimination in Job Interviews

After you submit a successful job application, pass the phone interview, and go in to meet a company, they’re going to see you face-to-face and get a better sense of your age.

Here’s the absolute best advice I can give:

Go in with an open mind, and treat it like any other job seeker would treat an interview.

I have a big section of articles on how to prepare for a job interview. If you need general interview help or are unsure how to interview well, go there.

But spending the whole interview thinking whether you’re being discriminated against is going to KILL your interview performance.

(Worrying or being preoccupied with anything else would do the same).

And the truth is there are a lot of reasons you may not get a job offer from the interview.

It’s hard to know. A lot of people email me saying they’re sure they were discriminated against because of age, but they don’t have any evidence.

I’ll talk about when to contact a lawyer in an upcoming section in this article.

But it’s important to realize that employers choose to hire someone based on so many factors – how much money you’ll require, experience, personality, even gender.

(For example, I’ve had hiring managers tell me they only want to hire a woman for a role, because the team has “too many” men).

So it’s quite possible to do a TON of things well in an interview and still not get hired… whether you’re 20 years old or 60 years old.

You’re competing against a lot of people and you don’t even get to see those people usually. It’s impossible to know everything that went into each hiring decision.

All you can do is focus on the pieces YOU can control – your interview preparation, how you answer their questions, etc.

>> STOP Thinking About Age in Your Interviews!

The bottom line is: If you’re always thinking about your age, then you’ll always be thinking that a failed interview was about your age.

I know age discrimination happens, and it’s awful.

But while you may feel your past five interviews went poorly due to age discrimination, it might be the case that two employers discriminated against you, and the other three chose to hire somebody else for an entirely different reason.

That’s why it’s important to focus on your interview skills, and the things you can control!

When to Contact an Employment Lawyer

If you feel you have real evidence you’ve been discriminated against, it may be time to talk to an employment lawyer who specializes in discrimination cases.

I’m not a legal expert so it’s up to you and them to discuss whether you have a case.

I’d search google for “Employment Lawyer <City Name>”.

But as mentioned above, I’d really recommend focusing on your interview preparation and how you’re selling yourself to employers.

This is the piece you can control, and is the best way to overcome age discrimination in your interviews (because if you apply for jobs consistently, you WILL find employers who don’t discriminate and do value your skill set, but you need to be ready to impress them in the interview).

What Else Can You Do to Stop Age Discrimination When Job Searching?

Beyond what I’ve shared above, here are a few more ways you can improve your chances of getting hired and avoiding age discrimination when job searching:

First, apply for a lot of jobs.

Even if some employers discriminate, some don’t. You need to find them. And applying for two or three jobs and then stopping isn’t going to make that happen.

So use volume to your advantage.

And don’t give up! 

Take a break if you need to, but then come back and continue searching!

Only you can control whether you give up or not. Don’t let this happen. You decide when you’ve failed; nobody else.

Also, research employers on LinkedIn and try to get a sense of their age demographic before applying.

Spend your time and effort applying to companies who seem to hire people in their 40’s and 50’s, not just in their 20’s.

One more tip:

Use your network as much as possible. In a past article, I wrote about why networking is the best/fastest way to get a job.

Employers will trust you more and be likely to interview you immediately if someone they know recommends you.

So make sure you’re talking to your network and seeing if they can introduce you to any employers they know.

This will immediately boost your chances of getting the interview and getting a job offer from the interview.

Overcoming Age Discrimination in a Job Search – Quick Instructions
  1. Avoid putting graduation year on job applications and resume/CV
  2. Limit experience to a maximum of 15-20 years on your resume/CV
  3. Focus on the aspects of the job interview that you can control – your interview answers, your preparation, etc.
  4. Apply to companies who already employ people in their 40’s and 50’s (check LinkedIn)
  5. Apply for a high volume of positions. Applying for one or two positions per day is not enough to get hired quickly
  6. Use your network as much as possible to secure more interviews. Employers are far more likely to interview you when you come recommended to them
  7. If you feel you’ve been discriminated against, you can consult with an employment attorney, however, don’t assume that every failed interview is a case of discrimination
  8. Most importantly – don’t give up. Take a break if you need to, but don’t stop searching! Only you can control whether you quit or not.

If you follow the steps above, you’ll give yourself the best chance of getting hired and beating age discrimination in your job search.

Remember, you only need to find ONE good job. You’re one great interview away…

Keep going!

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One of the best ways to stand out in your interview is to create a 90-day business plan (also called a 30-60-90-day plan) to show employers how you’ll help them in the first three months on the job.

Having a plan to learn the job and succeed quickly is going to set you apart from other candidates and make you more attractive to employers.

Let’s look at how to create a plan that will land you the job…

How to Create a 90-Day Business Plan for Job Interviews

I recommend splitting your 90-day business plan into three sections: 0-30 days, 30-60 days, and 60-90 days.

So we’ll actually be creating a 30-60-90 day plan.

We’ll divide it into three periods, and you’ll outline different goals and milestones for each of the first three months.

I’ll help you do this below.

If you prefer to lump everything together into a single 90-day period, that’s fine too.

What to Write About in Your 30-60-90 Day Business Plan

In your business plan, you want to show the interviewer the following:

  1. You understand what the job involves
  2. You’re capable of quickly learning and performing the job duties
  3. You’re motivated to learn and do the work
  4. How you plan on learning and succeeding. Which specific steps will you take to reach your goals?

So let’s look at each 30-day period now, and what should go into each…

The First 30 Days

In the first part of your business plan, you’ll want to focus on training/learning.

The company likely has a training program (if you’re not sure, this is a good question to ask about in the interview).

So what is your plan to make the most of their training, and get up to speed quickly?

This could include reviewing and studying at home each night for the first week, staying 30 minutes late to review what you learned each day, finding a teammate to have lunches with, or finding a fellow new-hire to review with (if you’re in a training class with multiple people).

Other things to talk about in the first part of your plan:

  • How will you learn the company’s products/services?
  • If you’re new to this industry, how will you learn the industry/market overall?
  • How will you learn this company’s systems and procedures? (They might have an employee booklet you can review, so include some time to review this in the first 30-day period of your business plan.

Your goal in this section is to show them you have a detailed plan and a lot of motivation to learn the basics of the job and understand how they operate quickly.

The Next 30 Days

The next 30 days should focus on how you’ll learn and improve by “doing”.

By now, you should be able to start using what you’ve learned to perform some of the job duties on your own.

You might be interacting with team members, customers, etc. (this will depend on your specific position)

And while learning is still a focus here, you want to show them that you plan on being ready to work hands-on and learn in a real-world environment.

Also, a big part of this section should be getting feedback from your manager to see how you’re progressing.

What is your plan for checking in, receiving and organizing feedback, and using it to improve?

Most new employees wait for their manager to set up a meeting to review their performance…

Show the interviewer that you’re different – that you’ll take initiative and be responsible for this yourself.

Employers love when a job candidate seems proactive and self-starting.

The Final 30 Days

In the final 30 days of your 90-day plan, you want to show the interviewer that you’ll be ready to use everything you’ve learned to work independently.

You’ll be up-to-speed, contributing to the team’s efforts, and not requiring any more supervision/help than anyone else on the team.

You may also want to talk about ways you’ll go above and beyond the basic job duties now.

This could include looking for processes that can be improved, finding new ways to help the company get more customers, etc.

Also, you can still include steps for getting feedback and continuing to improve.

But it should be less of a focus here. The main focus now should be on contributions, independent work, and “taking off” with what you’ve learned.

What will you be able to do for them? What will you be contributing after 90 days?

Using S.M.A.R.T. Goals

When talking about a specific goal or objective in your 90-day job interview plan, try to use SMART goals whenever possible.

SMART goals are:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

Saying, “I plan on being very good at serving customers after 90 days,” doesn’t say much.

However, it sounds a lot more impressive if you say something like, “At the 90-day mark, I plan on achieving 120% of the monthly goal for customer service calls taken, and I will achieve a customer satisfaction rating of 98% or greater.”

Using “Learning Goals” and “Performance Goals”

One strategy I’ve seen used very effectively is to divide your main goals for each 30-day period into two different categories: Learning Goals and Performance Goals.

You’ll have more Learning Goals than Performance Goals in the first 30-day period.

Then, as you move through the plan, you’ll gradually shift to having more Performance Goals, and fewer Learning Goals (but still some!)

You can also add one or two personal goals, such as having lunch with one new team member per week, or visiting the gym after work two nights per week to stay healthy.

Don’t worry if this sounds complicated. Coming up soon I’m going to show you a full example of a 90-day plan for your interview, that you can copy. 

And in that sample business plan, you’ll see the three different categories laid out (Learning Goals, Performance Goals, and Personal Goals).

Creating and Formatting Your 90-Day Plan

If you’re comfortable making a good-looking document in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or some other word processing software, feel free to use that to create your 30-60-90 day business plan.

Otherwise, I’d recommend using Canva.com.

The website has great templates for creating a PDF, and it’s free to use. I use it myself for creating images and PDF guides for this blog.

Make it EASY to Skim and Read

I’d keep the whole document to 1-2 pages maximum.

It’s an outline/presentation, not an essay. 

Try to avoid long paragraphs and giant blocks of text with no spacing.

Make it skimmable and easy to read.

Use headers, bullets, etc.

Here’s a full example of how you might lay out your 90-day plan…

30-60-90 Day Plan Template/Example:
0-30 Days:

(Write your main focus and objective here. The priority should be learning and getting up to speed on the basics as quickly as possible. What will you need to learn to perform well in the job, and how will you learn it?)

Learning Goals:

  • Learn the company’s entire product offering
  • Study the top 3 competitors’ product offerings to understand strengths/weaknesses
  • Review training manual, and bring any questions to direct supervisor before the end of month 1
  • Listen to at least 4 sales calls per week with senior team members
  • Learn all industry terminology so I’ll be ready to communicate effectively with prospects and customers
  • Meet with supervisor at the end of each week to discuss progress, questions, and results achieved

Performance Goals:

  • Score 100% on the training manual examination on week 3

Personal Goals:

  • Get coffee with each team member before the end of the first month
30-60 Days:

(Write your main focus for the next 30 day period here. You should still be learning, but the focus now shifts to taking what you’ve learned and using it in the real world. You want to start doing the work and learning through experience).

Learning Goals:

  • Continue listening to 4 sales calls per week with senior team members
  • Find team members to listen to at least 10 of my sales calls per week and provide feedback
  • Meet with supervisor twice per week to ensure I continue learning and progressing as quickly as possible. This will include reviewing my sales call results and the tactics I’m using and working on as I listen to team members
  • Take one free LinkedIn Learning course to improve my sales skills outside of work hours

Performance Goals:

  • Conduct a minimum of 12 sales calls per day
  • Convert one sales call per week into a customer
  • Qualify leads and do thorough research of potential clients before calling, so that at least 80% of prospects I speak with are fully-qualified for our products
  • Track all follow-ups with a maximum of four business days without a prospect hearing from me, for at least three follow-up attempts per prospect

Personal Goals:

  • Have at least two lunches with Supervisors or Team Leaders from other departments to grow my network and better understand how other areas of the organization work.
60-90 Days:

(Now you’ll want to show that you’re now ready to produce at a high level and be a valuable member of the team. Your learning is never fully done, but this section should talk far less about learning, and really focus on demonstrating that what you’ll DO for the employer after 90 days on the job.)

Learning Goals:

  • Meet with supervisor once per week to track progress and continue learning sales tactics

Performance Goals:

  • Conduct a minimum of 25 outbound sales calls per day
  • Convert 4 sales call per week into customers
  • Qualify leads and do thorough research of potential clients before calling, so that at least 90% of prospects I speak with are fully-qualified for our products
  • Ask for referrals after each completed sale, and/or after determining a sale is not going to occur. Goal: Obtain five qualified referrals per week and contacting each referral within 24 hours.

Personal Goals:

  • Join the gym and go every Monday, Wednesday, Friday for one hour minimum.

You can alter this example however you want. This is just one way to set up your 30-60-90 day plan for a job interview.

If you invest the time into creating a plan like this, it will make you stand out and will boost your chances of receiving a job offer.

And once you’ve created a template for yourself, you can re-use it for multiple interviews by changing the basic details to match each job.

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If you want to get noticed and get job offers in your interviews, this article is going to help.

We’re going to look at 11 proven ways to answer interview questions effectively.

Let’s get started…

11 Effective Ways to Answer Interview Questions 1. Know when to tell a story, and when not to

Storytelling is a great skill to be more memorable and persuasive, but you need to know when to use it…

Don’t tell a story for a yes/no question. That’s going to drive the interviewer insane.

However, for questions that open the door for you to give a longer answer, like behavioral questions (“tell me about a time you ___?”), storytelling is a powerful skill.

Example:

Let’s say they ask a question like, “tell me about your experience serving customers in a fast-paced environment.”

You could just say, “I’ve worked with customers a lot and my last company was very fast-paced,” but that’s not going to be very memorable.

You’ll be a lot more memorable if you paint a picture through storytelling.

You might say, “In my last job, I interacted with an average of 50 customers per day. I really excel in a fast-paced environment like this. In fact, each year our company gives an award to the top person in customer service, and I won last year for earning the highest customer satisfaction rating.”

2. Share specific facts and data to make your answers more impressive

Which one sounds better:

A: “I’m one of the top salespeople in my company right now.”

B: “I’m one of the top 5 salespeople in our group of over 50, and I’m on pace to hit 200% of annual sales goals for my position.”

Facts, data, and statistics make your answers far more impressive.

Do your research before the interview so you KNOW your past results and can talk about it.

Ask former colleagues and bosses if you need to. This will also boost your resume bullets if you put it on there as well!

3. Make a comparison

A reader emailed me recently and was having trouble in her interviews…

She had experience selling, but she had never sold to software developers. And in this new position, that’s who she would be selling to.

So to address this concern of the employer, I recommended she make a comparison.

At some point, she had never sold to her current clientele either, right? (In this case, it was other types of engineers).

So I told her to explain how she learned to sell to those people, with no experience, and then using that to show them she would be able to learn to sell to this new client-base as well.

Making comparisons like this can shift the interviewer’s focus and turn a negative into a positive (or at least make it a non-factor and stop them from being concerned).

4. Be brief and concise

This is another way to answer interview questions more effectively…

Cover the important details and highlight your best points, but then STOP.

Many job seekers have a tendency to carry on for too long when they should have stopped after answering the main question or highlighting their best points.

5. Take your time and ask for clarification if needed

This is one of the most under-utilized ways to answer interview questions…

And it’s dead simple:

Take a breath, relax and really think before answering. You can’t take something back after you say it, so don’t rush yourself.

And if you’re not sure you understood the question, ask for clarification.

You can say things like:

  • “Are you hoping for a specific example? I just want to make sure I understand the question.”
  • “Do you only want to hear about my hands-on experience? I’ve done this directly, but I’ve also led small project teams for this.”

And you can ask for feedback at the end of your answers too, for example:

  • “Did that answer your question, or did you want more detail?”

(This is a great way to make sure your answers don’t go on too long and annoy the interviewer, which was tip #4).

6. End your answer with a question

Asking questions mid-interview helps you target their needs and “tailor” your answers as the interview goes on!

Let’s look at how to do this…

Example:

They mention the job requires managing people and ask for your experience in this area.

After answering and highlighting your relevant experience, you’d say, “Can you tell me more about the management I’d be doing? For example, what size team would I lead, and would I be responsible for hiring and growing the team?”

This will also make it feel more like a casual two-way conversation, which will boost your confidence and help you give better answers overall.

7. Make it about them, not you

Most job seekers think the interview is all about them…

The truth is, you’ll get more job offers if you focus on talking about THEM.

What are their concerns and needs?

For example, don’t just describe your skills and experience when they ask about it.

Instead, show them how you’ll put those skills to use in this specific role, and how their lives will be easier by having you on their team.

That’s how you get more job offers and stand out from other job seekers, who just talk about themselves.

8. Speak with high energy and enthusiasm

Showing enthusiasm is an important part of giving good answers in an interview.

It’s okay if you’re an introvert or naturally quiet… you don’t have to be the most outgoing, bubbly personality to get hired.

Just turn it up a bit…

Do slightly more than you usually do in terms of energy in your tone of voice and body language.

Tone of voice is especially important when answering questions in phone interviews since they can’t see your facial expressions or body language.

If you need help showing energy and enthusiasm in your voice, try standing up and smiling when you talk on the phone. This may sound odd, but it’s a proven trick that phone salespeople use all the time.

9. Treat it like a conversation

When you boil it down, the interview is really just a conversation to see if it’s a good fit for both sides.

It’s a two-way deal.

So go in and treat it like that and you’ll feel a lot more comfortable.

This is one of the best ways to answer interview questions in terms of your mindset.

How do you treat it like a conversation?

You should ask a lot of questions to figure out if you’re interested in the job.

You should build rapport with the hiring manager and find out one or two things about them.

Remember their name when they introduce themselves, and use it once or twice in the conversation.

To make them like you even more… send a personalized “thank you” email after the interview to thank them for the great conversation.

Get their business card after the interview too… it’ll make this and all of your follow-ups easier.

10. Talk about the future

A lot of interview questions are going to be about your past: Past experience, past successes, past failures.

But one key to giving great interview answers is to talk about the future too.

When you give answers about your skills and experience, also talk about the future and how you’ll use those skills to perform well in their role.

Mention something you saw on the job description, or something they mentioned earlier in the conversation, that makes you think your background will be useful to them in this role!

This is one of the best ways to answer any interview question and most job seekers don’t do this.

11. Tell the truth

Most employers will forgive a few interview mistakes, or missing pieces of experience (the truth is the requirements are mostly just a “wish list” for them).

However, if you lie or seem like you’re hiding something, you will NOT get hired.

Trust and credibility are as important as anything else in the interview… and no hiring manager is going to want you on their team if they don’t feel comfortable trusting you.

It’s better to be 80% qualified and tell the truth, than lie and pretend to be 100% qualified.

I guarantee you’ll get more job offers if you take the first approach.

How to Answer Interview Questions – Quick Instructions
  1. Use storytelling to make yourself more memorable
  2. Share specific facts and data in your answers
  3. Make comparisons between your past experience and the job duties in this role
  4. Be brief and concise; get to the point quickly
  5. Don’t rush – ask for a second to think when you need to, and ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question
  6. End some of your answers with a question directed at the interviewer
  7. Make your answers about their needs, not yours
  8. Speak with higher-than-normal energy and enthusiasm
  9. Treat it like a regular conversation
  10. Talk about the future and how you’ll directly help them
  11. Tell the truth – be honest, accountable, and upfront when answering questions and you’ll get more job offers

Those are 11 of the best ways to answer interview questions effectively, so you can stand out and get hired in less time.

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It’s common for employers to interview 15 or more people for a single job opening, so getting noticed and getting the job offer is not easy…

However, there are some ways to stand out and get hired faster.

I’m going to share 8 tips for how to stand out in an interview and make employers want to offer you the job, even if you’re not the most qualified candidate.

Let’s get started!

8 Ways to Stand Out in a Job Interview 1. Research the company more than anyone else

Most people research the company enough to “get by” or not embarrass themselves.

They cover the basics and have a few talking points for when the interviewer asks, “what do you know about our company?“… or, “why do you want to work here?”

But if you really want to stand out, make it your goal to know more about the company than anyone else they’ve spoken to!

Read some recent news stories.

Read their company history. Why were they founded, when, and by whom?

Who’s their CEO?

How many locations do they have?

What do they sell, and who are their customers?

How are they different than their competitors?

Doing this extra research will make you more seem more confident, and make you feel more comfortable in your interview – especially in the first few minutes when you’re making that all-important first impression!

2. Be results-oriented

Most people talk in very general terms… both when describing their past work and when talking about what they’d accomplish in a new position.

Don’t do this. You want to stand out, remember?

So instead, talk about specific results.

If they ask about your past work, talk about the actual results you achieved.

What was the impact? Be ready to name specific facts and data.

How did you help your past company save money, save time, or make money?

How did you make your manager’s life easier? This new hiring manager is definitely going to want to hire someone who will make his or her life easier, too. So this is a great thing to show!

3. Bring a case study

To continue on the last idea, if you really want to stand out you should consider coming up with detailed examples, and measurable results, and putting them into a case study to show what you’ve done in the past.

What were one or two big projects you completed for your last employer?

If you just graduated and are looking for your first job after college, what projects or internships did you complete in school?

Go ask your former boss or colleagues if you need help gathering details and results of your work. Is it easy? No. But it’s how to stand out and get the best jobs out there!

Then create a one-page document showing the “before and after”.

Let’s say you were working on improving the company’s sales process. Maybe the company was converting 29% of leads into customers before you started working, and you improved it to 33%.

Those are your “before and after” stats.

It doesn’t have to be sales-related, it can be anything you’ve improved for your previous employer.

4. Bring a 30-60-90 day plan

Consider creating another document highlighting exactly what you’ll do for this company if they hire you.

How will you learn the position and get up to speed quickly? (This is one of the top things employers want to see!)

How will you use your skills, experience, and expertise to help them reach their goals?

What value will you add? What can you do for them within the first 90 days?

Lay out what goals you hope to accomplish in the first 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days. Be realistic, but ambitious.

You don’t want to sound like you’re over-confident, but you want to show them you plan on working hard when you start this job.

Just by showing up with this plan, you’ll stand out in the interview. Most job seekers are not doing this.

5. Ask amazing questions

Most people know you should ask questions in an interview, but very few job seekers realize how important it is.

Employers really do judge you heavily based on this.

They want to hire somebody who’s being selective in their job search and really knows what they want!

And the only way to show them this is to ask a lot of questions.

How can you be sure this job is the right fit for you if you don’t ask many questions?

I’ll repeat it again: Employers want somebody who’s being picky and looking for specific things in their next job! (And they’re NOT looking for somebody who appears to just want any job they can get).

So asking bad questions, or not enough questions, is one of the top reasons people struggle to find a job.

So what should you do?

Ask questions about the job, the training you’ll receive, the group, the company overall, and more.

Avoid asking about salary, benefits, working hours, vacation time, or anything that’s not work-related!

You want to seem like you’re focused on coming in and getting up-to-speed in their job when you ask questions.

Here’s a list of 105 of the best questions to ask in an interview, to get you started.

And if you’re talking to a recruiter, here are some good questions to ask a recruiter.

6. Have awesome body language

Your body language is super important if you want to stand out and leave a great impression in your interviews.

People judge you visually before anything else; it’s just human nature. And the hiring manager or interviewer is going to gather their first impression of you within a few seconds of meeting you.

This isn’t just about the first impression either; this will affect how they react to everything you say in the interview.

If you’re sitting up straight and maintaining good eye contact while giving interview answers, it’s going to give you a huge boost.

Whereas if you’re glancing down or to the side while talking, and slouched over, your answer will be less impressive even if you said all the right things!

Try to walk in looking like you’re confident and happy to be there, not terrified or anxious.

Keep a soft smile on your face like the image above.

Dress for success, maintain eye contact, and sit upright. Lean slightly forward to show interest.

Don’t tap your feet, grind your teeth, tap your hands, or anything else that’ll distract from the conversation.

This all takes practice, so make sure to build these habits BEFORE your interview.

If you need help building and practicing these habits, here’s a full article on body language tips.

7. Send a great “thank you” email after the interview

After the interview, you’ll want to follow up and thank them for their time, reaffirm that you’re interested in the position, and tell them you’re eager to hear feedback and information about the next steps.

I recommend doing it the day after your interview, or Monday if your interview was on a Friday.

Also, customize the email so they know it’s not just a cut-and-paste email you send to everyone. You should have at least one place where it’s clear you didn’t just copy and paste it.

One easy way to do this: Thank them for sharing information about a specific topic they discussed with you – something that you found interesting.

Example: “Thanks for taking the time to interview me on Thursday. I really enjoyed our conversation, and the information you shared about how this role would collaborate with other groups and manage projects across the organization sounded fantastic…”

You can get full thank you email templates in this article.

8. Treat it like what it is: A conversation

Once you realize an interview is just a conversation, it becomes a whole lot easier.

The interview is simply a conversation between two sides, to see if it’s a good potential match.

That’s it.

Yet most job seekers don’t view it like this and don’t treat it like this.

They walk in nervous, they view themselves as being inferior to the hiring manager… like a subordinate, and they lack confidence and calmness because of it.

Walk in and view yourself as an equal to the interviewer.

You both have things you’re looking for, to determine if this is a good potential match, and you should both be asking questions and having a discussion to find out if it’s a match or not.

Once you treat it like this, everything else becomes far easier, and you’ll feel completely different in every interview you go on.

How to Stand Out in an Interview – Quick Instructions
  1. Make it your goal to know more about their company than anyone else they’ve interviewed
  2. Be results-oriented and talk about specific metrics and accomplishments you’ve achieved for past employers
  3. Bring a case study highlighting a project you worked on, and how you helped your employer reach a specific goal or improvement
  4. Bring a 30-60-90 day plan showing how you plan on succeeding in their position in the first three months
  5. Prepare great questions to ask the interviewer, including questions about the position, the group, and the overall company
  6. Practice having great body language including eye contact, posture, and handshake so that you stand out immediately and make a better first impression
  7. Send detailed, customized “thank you” emails after the interview to remind them you’re interested
  8. Relax and treat it like what it really is: A conversation

If you follow the 8 strategies we’ve covered above, you’re going to stand out in your job interviews and get more job offers.

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