Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
That is a million dollar question. Every company looks for different things and will have a different response. I would break it down into several categories of things that make a lasting impression.
1) Lasting impressions:
-A sincere enthusiasm for the position. That is huge; you would be so surprised at how many people that get interviewed that have a so-so enthusiasm. When I get a candidate that radiates excitement about the opportunity, I love it!
-A thankful nature. You would also be surprised at how many people do not send thank you notes these days. It is a deal breaker for some of the managers that I work with. Never forget the importance of thanking people for their time. Not just the hiring manger, everyone that you interacted with in the interview process.
-Be gracious always. If there is problem with scheduling, or if the interviewer has cold and is difficult to understand, or if they need you to fill out multiple applications; always be gracious and happy to do what it takes. It will speak greatly about your attitude, character, and work ethic.
-Take an interest in what it is that the people are interviewing you do. Even if they work in an area that you won’t be working in, it’s a great way to learn about the company, the people and shows them that you are really interested in the position.
-Never talk down on yourself or anyone else. Be confidant in yourself and experiences and always speak highly of previous employers.
-Be careful not to focus only on what this opportunity will do for you and your career, but to also elaborate on what you can bring to the company.
-How you respond if you do not get the position. If it turns out that you do not get that position, send a classy note, thanking them again and asking that they keep you in mind for future opportunities, you will may actually hear back some day.