It can be difficult to stand out from the crowd when you’re on the hunt for a job. So what makes you irresistible to an employer? Here are a couple things that’ll get you hired:

  • First, prove that you’re worthy of a job. It’s one thing to say you’re a great communicator or an effective leader, but it’s another to back up those claims with proof. Alan Guinn is the managing director of the Guinn Consultancy group. He says that hiring managers are becoming less interested in silly questions, like “What kind of animal would you be?” Now they want to hear what kind of value a candidate can add to the company. He suggests that if you’re looking for a job in sales, have a copy of your previous sales records and concrete examples of how you met your quotas. For candidates in other fields, look at your resume and performance reviews to see what positive things you’ve accomplished that might be beneficial to an employer. For example, if you’re interviewing for a global company, highlight your international business experience.
  • The next thing that’ll make you stand out at your interview, is having more than just a basic knowledge of the company. Experts say that just skimming a company’s website isn’t enough; you’ll need to dig deeper to show that you understand the company inside and out. They suggest looking at annual reports and checking for any recent news or press releases about the company. Go in knowing their mission statement, products, competitors, Twitter updates and who the CEO is.
  • Finally, to get that job you’ll need to be enthusiastic. Let an employer know that you’ve spent time learning about the position offered and talk about how you’d be a perfect fit. Experts also suggest asking about growth potential within the company. They say that a candidate is more desirable when they show interest in staying with the company and moving up the ladder.