Fall's just around the corner, and you know what that means--it's hot recruiting season. With the massive influx of competition from people vying for the same jobs, however, it can be difficult to stand out.

But, if you're able to get your resume noticed and scheduled for an interview, that's the place where you can really show off your shine. With these 5 winning habits in your pocket, you'll be the one who's left with a choice.

1. Do your homework

Like we've had drilled into us at school, those who come prepared are the ones first rewarded. Do adequate research about your position, the company, and come to the interview looking like you know what you're talking about. Don't be the person that arrives asking basic questions, or appearing mistaken about facts you could have easily Googled beforehand.

2. Find places to build connection

Building rapport is one of the most effective ways to turn your interview into a pleasant experience--for both you and the person interviewing you. Look for subtle points of connection throughout your chat together in order to leave the interviewer feeling like you guys shared a very meaningful conversation.

3. Illustrate your resume with real-life examples

People love stories. Throughout the interview, pepper your chat with small anecdotes about some of the highlights of your experience on your resume. The interviewer will definitely notice that you've brought real-life application along with your claimed skills, and you'll walk away having left an impression on the interviewer.

4. Be honest

It's important to remember that trying to be someone you're not--or otherwise coming across as not being genuine--is incredibly clear in job interviews. Something theoretically as small as exaggerated experience on your resume can become very enlarged throughout the chat. Nobody wants to hire someone who isn't up front about everything they are.

5. Enjoy the time

The most important thing to remember is that, despite the fact that interviews can be a grueling process, you both are in it together--and it can only be a positive experience if you both have a good time. So, make an effort to enjoy the interview, and it's probable that your interviewer will do the same.

Published on: Aug 11, 2016
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