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Asked by Katherine on September 10, 2017

What are some practical things that impress an employer in an interview? i.e. firm handshake, key phrases, etc..

Answered by Phil, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on September 13, 2017

For me, one of the best things that a candidate can do in an interview is to answer the interviewer's questions clearly, concisely, and by providing solid examples. I am always impressed when a candidate can connect my question to previous experiences and provide tangible numbers, data, or outcomes (think STAR method - Situation, Task, Action, Result). I already have a general idea of your experiences based on your resume, and so this is the chance for me to dig deeper and find out more about what you've done and what you can bring to the table. I also appreciate eye contact throughout the interview - it projects a sense of confidence and interest. Best of luck! -Phil

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