Interviews can be intimidating, so don’t forget these five easy tips to help you nail it:
1. Be Personable
Did you know that 84 percent of job seekers don’t learn the name of the hiring manager before an interview? Always try to find out as much as you can about the people with whom you are going to meet.
2. Talk Out Analytical Questions
When asked a difficult question, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask for a moment to craft an answer. Don’t sit in silence for 45-seconds and then blurt out an answer. It often helps to talk through your thought process so the interviewer can understand your answer better.
3. “What’s Your Biggest Weakness?”
This is the dreaded question that is bound to be asked in your interview. Answers like “I work too hard,” or “I am a perfectionist,” won’t cut it. It is best to be honest and tell a true, work-related weakness. Then, follow up with an example of how you overcame your weakness, like “I used to struggle with time-management, but now I set personal deadlines to keep myself on track.” To truly know your strengths, you must acknowledge your weaknesses.
4. Check Social Media
Since we live in an age where every meal and moment of our lives can be documented, your social media presence is a good way for employers to get the inside scoop on the real you. Be sure to give them a good impression.
5. Say Thank You
After your interview, follow up with a thank you note. A handwritten card or letter is ideal, but an email is also acceptable. The point here is to let the interviewer know how much you appreciate the time that was invested in you. Remember, there are many others vying for that same job; stand out by displaying kindness and gratitude that you’re being considered.
Bonus tip: According to Glassdoor, the best time to have an interview is on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Try to avoid Mondays or Fridays since the employer will most likely be settling in or checking out for the week!
Written by: Sydney Green, Account Executive Intern