In my first year after college, I remember absolutely botching two interviews. Whenever I think of those, I cringe.

In one interview, I forgot to carry my papers and the interviewer asked me to reschedule the interview when I had my transcripts.

In another occasion, the interviewer started a salary negotiation right in the middle of the interview and I took the bait.

You may not be as bad as I was. Maybe you are are always well prepared, smartly dressed and you do everything right but for some reason, there are no job offers coming your way.

Here are six little changes that you need to make to help you make a lasting impression on the interviewer. 

First, know that the purpose of an interview is not to vet your qualifications, your resume did that.

The interviewer or the panel want to get a feel of your personality, how you communicate and if you actually want the job.

With this in mind, you can make a little adjustments that will help you stand out from the other candidates.


Because in an interview you are the center of attention, and all the questions are about you, it is easy to just go with the tide and toot your own horn for an entire hour.

However, what’s in it for them? That is what they really want to know. 

You should show the interviewer why you are not just a great candidate, but why you are a great candidate for them.

You will only be able to do that if you are armed with research.

Do your research about the company in advance and try to get a feel of what they are about, what is most important to them and what are they trying to accomplish.

Google them and check glassdoor.com to know more about them from their own employees.

Reread the job description to understand the position you are interviewing for and what the company wants for that role.

Everything that comes out of your mouth about yourself should explain how you will be able to do well in that position.

For example. If the interviewer asks you to explain why you want to leave your current job.

You say, “I had a wonderful experience at Y. However, this job would be an opportunity to challenge myself and to work on something I am truly passionate about.”

What is in it for them? A passionate employee.


A lot of people check up the most common interview questions but very few of them actually have answers prepared.

Well thought out answers that focus on the value you will bring to their company and not just on how great you are.

Well thought out answers that do not make you sound big headed.

Why do you want this job? Why are you the best candidate for this job?

Why did you leave your previous job? Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell us about yourself.

These and many of the most common interview questions. Research. Research what are the most common interview question in general and specifically to your industry. 

Then search online on how successful candidates answer these questions.

Customize them for that particular position and employer and you are set.

This will give you a confidence boost. Just know that you will be asked some questions you may have not prepared for.

That is okay. Take a minute to think about it and then answer.


Do not just prepare answers for specific questions.

Also prepare social proof, which is real experiences to back up what you are saying.

Many interviewers today like to ask for these details anyway.

They will ask you to tell them about your biggest achievement in your previous job. 

About a time you displayed problem solving capabilities, about how you overcame a challenging time in your life and so on.

It is better to have these stories lined up instead of just making it up as you go.

There is something to be said of quick thinking and being able to take a minute, analyze and then answer.

However, it is best to have a few of your highest achievements, challenges and ingenuity stories lined up. 

Be as specific as you can about your achievements.

Do not just say I improved sales, say how you improved sales by how much over a period of how long. 

This is the part where I remind you to be truthful.

They can always call up your former employer and ask about those numbers.

Also, if you are asked about your weakness. Say an actual weakness. Do not say your weakness is your attention to detail.

Say, “one of the areas I would still like to grow in is my writing skills. I have always been a more numbers oriented person. When it comes to writing reports or emails or other writing tasks, I do struggle. To help me in this area, I have begun reading a book on how to be write better and I always use Grammarly.
This is an example. You know your weakness.


This is one of the things the interviewers are checking for.
They do not want somebody desperate for any job, they want somebody who actually wants the particular job they are interviewing for.
This is all a matter of presentation.

They do not know that you are only interviewing for this job because you are tired of unemployment and frankly anything would do at the moment.

They should never catch on to that. Act like this is the job you want now. Do not ask about other available positions during the interview.

Take notes, look alive, ask questions and answer like somebody who actually wants to be there.

I am not saying be overly chirpy and excited unless that is your personality. Just be professional, pleasant and engaging. 


Most interviews end with the panel giving you an opportunity to ask them questions about the company or the position.

Do not pass up this opportunity. Don’t you want to know what you are getting yourself into.

If you have no questions, it looks as if you will literally take any job in the planet.

A good question is, ‘what is the biggest challenge to expect from this position?’ a no go zone is salary and benefits.

There will be ample time to discuss that once you get the job offer.

You could ask about the working hours if that information was not provided, the company values if they are not on their website, a new change in the company etc.

The real secret for doing better at interviews is confidence and awareness.

If you can read the room, you will do much better. When it seems like you are talking too much, stop talking.

If it seems like they want more details, give it to them. All the best and may you find success soon.