From start to finish, job interviews are performances. They can be memorable for all the right reasons (perfect dialogue, amazing timing, a charismatic lead) or all the wrong ones (unconvincing speeches, awkward pauses, a lack of passion). Putting on a forgettable play or job performance is almost as bad as putting on an awful one—because if the hiring manager or audience doesn’t remember you, what’s the point?

We’re here with 10 unique ways to make your job interview stand out. Cue the curtain rise.

  1. Start with a bang. Here are seven memorable answers to “How are you?” (TheLadders)

  2. If you’ll be asked to problem-solve, consider bringing a drawing sheet and illustrating your approach. (The Houston Chronicle)

  3. During your prep, think of a “theme” that encompasses your career arc and skills. Then reference that theme throughout the interview. (Huffington Post)

  4. Look out for small but impactful ways to make an impression, like helping an assistant make copies. (Forbes)

  5. Got a group interview? These tips will make you the most memorable in the pack. (General Employment)

  6. Tell a story to the hiring manager to get your own happy ending. (Lifehacker)

  7. If you can, leave something behind so your interviewer has a physical memory of your meeting. (YouTern)

  8. Don’t switch “off” from interview mode until you leave the parking lot. (Business Insider)

  9. It’s not curtain-call yet! Check out how to write a memorable thank-you card. (All Job Openings)

  10. And finally, read up on the 10 most memorable (and not in a good way) interview moments. (RecruitLoop)


Want more unique interview tips? We’ve got a lot!


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