5 Things to Remember for Your Next Job Interview

The hunt for a new job can be overwhelming. Whether you just graduated, moved, or are looking for a new challenge, we’ve got 5 tips to help you along the way. The process of applying, interviewing, and waiting for a response can be long and draining. What can you do to help this process? Glad you’re asking, here are 5 things that could help you stand out from your competition:

  1. Update your resume to make it match your industry’s requirements. Each industry has different expectations on resumes. Where a graphic designer might want to show off some creativity, an accountant might want to be really careful inserting creativity in the resume. Understanding the expectations people have for your resume is important to get your foot in the door.
  2. Network, Network, Network. Many jobs these days are never posted online. Make sure to go to networking events to meet new people, reach out to people working at the company or a similar position which you wish to work in. Offer them a free coffee in exchange for some time out of their day to get some suggestions on how to go about applying, interviews, and get a more in-depth understanding of their role and the company they work for.
  3. Come up with questions prior to the interview. Nothing is worse for a hiring manager than hearing “no” when they ask if you have any questions. A simple way of combating that is by doing your research on the company. Write down at least 2-3 questions in case the interviewer has gone over your question already.
  4. Understand your interview starts when entering the company’s front door. People don’t often realize that the hiring manager isn’t the only one giving a perspective on the new hire. The person sitting at the front desk is often helping hiring managers with pre-screening. If you make a poor first impression, this will be communicated back to the hiring manager. So, walk in with confidence, introduce yourself, offer the front desk person a hand, and remember the name of the person you have an interview with.
  5. Sending a “thank you” note will help you be remembered. The minimum contact you should have with an interviewer after your interview is a brief “thank you” email. Much better, however, is writing a handwritten note addressed to the person interviewing you. Writing it on your own personalized note cards will show employers that you are organized, forward-thinking, and serious about their company. Bonus points for personalized return labels!

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