Part 2 of 4
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Have you ever heard the phrase “Under Promise, Over Deliver?” Most job applicants go in to their interview hoping to do a good job in the interview and be rewarded handsomely. Unfortunately it rarely turns out like this. Why? Because these days, doing a "good" job results in poor results, meaning you probably won’t get the job. In order to have even the slightest chance at getting the job, you’ll have to do at least an “excellent" job in the interview. And when you do that, what kind of results will you get? Good results. Meaning you’ll probably just barely land the job.
However, those that really stand out and create the dream job they’ve always wanted are the ones who do an “outstanding" job in the interview. These are the people who go above and beyond by under-promising and over-delivering. Those who do an “outstanding" job are rewarded with excellent results.
A great way to under-promise and over-deliver, or to be “outstanding” in the interview is to do some in-depth research on the company. Find out what the company’s mission is and come up with at least three creative ways you can help them move towards it. Present your ideas during the interview and you’ll impress the hiring manager. Providing this kind of value will give them every reason to ask someone as dedicated as you to join their organization. Remember, when they hire, they want someone who seems passionate and excited about working with them. If you don't come off like this, they'll move on to the next person.
You’d be surprised at how few people want to spend a few extra minutes thinking of reasons they really want to work somewhere. Not only is this process great for landing the job, but it can also help you do better work once you’ve been offered the position because you’ll feel more connected to the company.
Two Quick Job-Finding Tips: