Preparing for an Interview

Business_Meeting-512You have landed an interview, congratulations! Now what? We know that interviews can be a nerve-racking experience, so we’ve compiled some advice on how to prepare and feel confident.

1. Research the Company

There is a bit of research that goes into looking for a job and finding a company that you feel matches your skill set. Now that you have the interview, learn what you can about the company. Start with the company’s website, click through the entire site and get a feel for the brand and atmosphere of the company. Expand your search then to social media; see what the company shares on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. Taking the time to do this will make you feel more confident and at ease talking with the interviewer about the company.

2. Clean Up Your Social Media

Social media provides anyone, anywhere with access to your past. Photos, words, and events you attended can be (and will be most likely) checked by any company prior to an interview. 93% of hiring managers will review a candidate’s social media accounts prior to making a hiring decision. One picture of you with a Red Solo cup holding a ping pong ball could be enough to lessen your chances.

Even if your settings are private, it is always a good idea to look back, through the mindset of an interviewer. Delete anything you think presents a wrong impression of yourself and anything you would not openly share with your brand new boss.

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3. Have a Story

Make sure to think through stories and situations that the interviewer may call on during the interview.  If you haven’t dealt with a bad situation, think of situations a friend has shared with you and how you would potentially handle it. Thinking through these situations will allow you to be quick with responses which will show the interviewer another aspect of being prepared.

For example, imagine the interviewer asks you about a past conflict with a co-worker and wants to know how you handled it. If you have never had a conflict with a co-worker, simply saying you get along well with all of your co-workers, won’t suffice. You can say that, but expand. Address a time in life where there was a conflict and explain how you handled that experience.

4. Dress for Success

This may seem cliche, but there is a reason it is said so often. It is brilliant advice. Dressing in a way that makes you feel confident will carry through to the way you present yourself. If the interview is important enough, buy a new outfit.

Accessories like a watch, simple necklace, or bracelet (for the girls) is nice, but do not over do it. Too many accessories that can be heard when you walk or each time you move can be very distracting.

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5. Be on Time EXHIBITION

This is key! No one likes waiting. It is widely known that not arriving 15 minutes early to an interview is often considered late. This is most likely, great advice on your big day.

6. The Interview Begins When You Walk In

From the moment you open the door and enter the office, the interview starts. Many times interviewers will ask their receptionist how they were greeted and how the person composed themselves while they waited, sometimes, they may even be watching.


Post Interview Tips:

Always send a follow-up thank you note or email after an interview!

At the end of the interview, make a note of what went on so you remember what your thoughts were right after the event. When it comes time to hear back and continue correspondence you will be more prepared.