The fact is that more competition does not necessarily mean that you will have less of a chance of landing the job. In fact, there are several steps that you can take that will put you in the strongest position to be rewarded with the job over all the other candidates being interviewed.
If you really want to increase your chances of landing your dream job, do yourself a favour and follow these steps:
Accentuate the Positives
It's easy to overwhelm yourself with self-doubt. But this is the time when you really need to convince yourself of how amazing you are. Take some time and examine all your strengths and the reasons why your potential employer would be grateful to have you on their team.
Aside from taking an extensive inventory of yourself, you want to do your homework. Find out as much about the position and the company as you can. Then connect the dots between your skills and experience, your strengths, and their needs.
When you find those key pieces, make sure they come up during the interview. Be proactive if you have to. Confidence and assertiveness are prize traits, so don't play small.
Work out All the Kinks
Interviewing is nerve wracking at the best of times. This is why it is so critical to go in prepared. Your interviewer will expect you to be nervous, so if you go in self-assured, that alone will help you stand out.
Get someone you trust to help you run through some common interview questions. They can point out any areas where you might need improvement that you miss. You also want to be prepared with questions of your own.
Identify Your Passion and Your Purpose
Knowing why you want this job and connecting it to a larger purpose will identify you as a person of consequence. Once you've identified your purpose, think about how this job fits into that purpose. Why will getting it make a difference in your life?
If you've done your homework correctly, you've also identified the company's mission or purpose. If you can find a way to bring the two together convincingly, you'll be a step ahead of the competition.
Improve Your Skills
With the increase in the number of options you have for improving your skill set these days, there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of the availability of online classes to set yourself up as the most qualified candidate for the job.
If there are any holes in your resume or education, now is the time to plug them up. Online education is more affordable and accessible than ever before. Use it and profit.
Don't Let the Pressure Get to You
Naturally, you are going to feel some pressure surrounding your job application. Perhaps you've been out of work for a while and the cash would really come in handy. Maybe getting this job is key to your life plan. At any rate, you cannot afford to let the pressure force you to act in ways that can sabotage your chances.
Being too aggressive or too needy when it comes to your interview and follow-up will put any potential employer off. You want to show the right amount eagerness and enthusiasm while at the same time projecting a calm exterior that says that you are prepared to walk away if the opportunity isn't a good fit for you.
One of the most valuable things you can do while you are searching for that dream job is to network. Attending events related to the industry you are interested in will expose you to countless contacts that could have unforeseen influence on your future job prospects.
Should you not get this job, your networking is sure to be valuable at some point in the future. No connection is worthless.
Along with confidence (which is completely different from arrogance – a trait that will kill your chances), you want to come off as likable. Don't be afraid to show an interest in the interviewer. Just don't let it stray too far off topic.
How you present your strengths can make a difference. Rather than boldly stating how amazing you are, try couching it in terms of how your accomplishments benefited your former employer.