STEM Career Tip: If you're applying to a research institution, then it's not enough to simply say you follow their research and publications. Be more specific on.
Anyone can say they're interested in an organization's research endeavors, even if they've never read one of their journals. Point out specific details that intrigue you and then share how'd be able to contribute. This comes across as more sincere, as it demonstrates your ability to reflect on existing literature and add value to the conversation.
This information can be included in your cover letter and should also be discussed during the interview. Create a back-and-forth dialogue by not only answering questions, but also asking them!
***Students: the same advice applies if you are applying for a program. Give your personal statement impact by addressing key research that excites you.