20 Tips to Nail Your Next Job Interview

We’ve got 20 tips for you if you’ve been on the hunt for your next career move. Ace your next interview with these tips and tricks.

  1. Do your research. Ask in depth questions that shows you’re really interested in the company that you want to work for. Get to know not only the company’s website, but follow up on any recent company news and be on the lookout for any social media accounts!
  2. Glassdoor.com is an awesome prep tool to research the company before your interview
  3. Practice makes perfect! Look up common (and uncommon) interview questions so you can feel better prepared for whatever questions the hiring manager may ask.
  4. Dress for the job you want not the one you have. What you wear communicates who you are and who you want to be before you even open your mouth so dress to impress. Make a good lasting first impression.
  5. Chill. Breathe. It’s just an interview.
  6. Have an elevator pitch prepared for that dreaded so tell us about yourself part of the interview. You’ll know exactly what to say.
  7. Remember, you are your own brand. How you look, carry, and prepare yourself matters, take pride in yourself, your work, and your accomplishments.
  8. Be prepared. Always bring several copies of your resume to your interview, as well as any reference materials you’d like to share like a website or portfolio.
  9. Talk less about your experiences and more about your achievements and strengths. They want to hear about what you can bring to the table!
  10. Always have questions prepared. Ask useful and considered questions, go back to your research.
  11. Smile. It relaxes you and makes a great first impression.
  12. Make sure you eat beforehand. Some interviews and job fairs take hours, and eating will help you think clearly and respond more efficiently and appropriately.
  13. Show your interest. Follow up immediately after the interview with an email. Next, put a hand written thank you card in the mail, so you’ll be first on their mind during the interview process.
  14. When asked about your weaknesses, make sure you back it up with a sign of growth and improvement for example, “ I sometimes struggle to <insert professional challenge here>. But, I work hard to improve by…”
  15. Take your time. It’s okay to take a moment to collect your thoughts.
  16. Prepare a page of notes that reflect your research on the company; place this page along with your resume in front of your for easy reference during the interview.
  17. Always discuss money in your first interview. Yes, ask about it. That’s why you’re there, right?
  18. Keep looking. While you wait to hear back and even if you don’t, keep those options open.
  19. Connect with the hiring manager and other company employees on Linkedin after your interview.
  20. Be on time. Don’t be that person, you know better. Allow extra time for you to get dressed, eat, and beat traffic before your interview.

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