5 Ways to Stand Out During an Interview —A Googler’s Perspective

1. Prepare. Prepare. Prepare

Preparation for this question requires one to go back to the basics. Start by focusing on the company’s requirements and your role in the company. Make a list of your personality traits, skills, and qualifications that fit the specific role and hone in on them.

2. Use the STAR Framework

Now from the list, pick the top 6–8 STAR (Situation Task Action Results) stories and write down the things that you wish to speak about. Next, practice the delivery of your lines to ensure you communicate powerfully. In short, rehearse your lines. You can use a mirror or have your friends/family give you feedback.

3. Don’t be afraid to show off a little

Try to volunteer information about yourself that is not on your resume. This is a good place to speak about Hackathons, Fellowships, Hobby, and Volunteer projects. While doing so, be detailed, relevant, concise, and confident.

4. What makes you unique?

Talk in-depth about the skills and qualifications that are unique to you, that set you apart from your peers. What is this skill? Why is it unique? How did you go the extra mile to acquire this skill? How does it add to the company?

5. Emphasize your Practical Experience

It is no surprise that interviewers love to hear about your hands-on experience. For example, do you have software that you can use with ease? What are the latest tools that you’ve learned? You can talk about how these tools and software can add value to the day-to-day of the team/company.

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