Hobbies and interests
The hobbies and interests you include should help strengthen your CV and give a well-rounded view of you and your personality, particularly if they compliment the job role or company culture. Offering further insight into your character will make you more memorable and improve your chances of being considered for an interview.
Example: If you are applying for a journalist role, you may want to include hobbies and interests that show you have good interpersonal skills and literature knowledge. For example, running weekly events at a local club and reading articles in your spare time to keep up with current affairs.
3. Research the company
Ultimately, the more you know about a company, the more it demonstrates you are interested in the role. Go the extra mile with your research, and rather than reiterating their about page, delve deep into what the company stands for. Consider the company mission, values, and goals, and when asked what you know about the company, weave elements into your answer.
A candidate who understands company goals and how their support can work towards this will score higher than a candidate who repeats company facts.
4. Highlight your growth mindset in interviews
Employers look for candidates that will add value to their company, seize opportunities, and invest in continuous development. Employers will look for examples of where you have treated challenges like opportunities and failures as lessons that you have grown from. Take a look at our STAR technique blog for guidance on how to structure your answers.
5. Send a follow-up email to your interviewer
To leave a positive impression and increase your chances of landing your next job, reach out to the employer with a post-interview follow-up email.
In your follow-up email, thank your interviewer for their time and reference topics of conversation you discussed to show your employer that you were engaged throughout the interview. Not only is it courtesy and demonstrates your interest in the role, it's also a simple and effective way to ensure your name is still at the forefront of your interviewer's mind.