How to Kick Ass Before And After An Interview

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You finally landed an interview at your dream job. Congrats! Seriously, that’s no easy task. Now for the hard part: What do you need to know going in? How do you follow up? I’ve got you. Here are a few simple ways to ensure you get that job of your dreams.

BEFORE THE INTERVIEW

Review your resume
Yes, it’s a huge reason why you got the interview in the first place. I know you know what’s on it! Before going in, do a read through of your resume. There’s a big chance that they’re going to ask about your previous experience, despite having your resume in front of them. If you review it beforehand, you’ll be able to summarize the key points of your previous experience, without having to go through your job history in your head while you’re at your interview.

Research the company
How long does it take to do a Google search? 30 seconds? Know when they were founded, their company goals, and if they have a mission statement, know it. That way, during the interview, you know what key strengths you have to focus on that apply to their specific needs. A common question asked during an interview is, “Why do you want to work here?” Having previous knowledge of the company allows you to bring up examples that pertain to that specific company – trust me, they’ll take notice that you did your research.

Wear something that makes you feel as good as you are paper
If this includes super high heels and your freak’em dress, leave them in the closet. Find a professional outfit that makes you feel confident. The number one thing a recruiter will notice is a lack of self-esteem, and they will notice if what you’re wearing makes you feel stiff. Make sure that everything fits properly, and don’t go for that cute, but incredibly fussy top in the back of your closet. I, personally, wear red blazer that shows both my personality, and my professionalism. Find a look that is polished, refined, and makes you feel like you already got the job.

AFTER THE INTERVIEW
Now, your interview is over. You’re sitting in that chair or you’re on the phone, about to end the call. What now?

Thank them for their time, and address them by name
I can’t emphasize how important this is. It shows expressed gratitude for having the opportunity to interview for the company, and shows that you were paying attention. The person who interviewed you is key, as they will likely be the person to follow up with you regarding the position. Send the person or people who interviewed you a hand-written thank you card. Yes, through snail mail. Keep it short and sweet – thank them for their time, and say you appreciate their consideration for the role. It’s a personal touch that stands out, and keeps them fresh in your mind as a potential candidate for the position.

Shaking hands is easy to do… but you have to do it right
If this is an in-person interview, shake everyone’s hands. I know this sounds like the most “duh” piece of advice, but many people forget to do this vital step. Even if you’re the first one to extend the handshake, it’s an appreciated gesture. When you shake hands, your hands must meet web to web – that inner part between your index and thumb needs to meet with the other person’s. Shake it firmly, and most importantly, look at them in the eye when you do it. DO NOT LOOK DOWN. This show assertiveness, professionalism, and that you should be taken seriously.

Don’t give up on what you want to do
If you got the job – YES! Continue to kick ass. Show up willing to learn, and before going in, do even further research on the company and more specifically, on your position. Go through the job description again, and familiarize yourself with anything that you have no or little experience in. If you didn’t get the job, remember to accept rejection politely. Still send the thank you card, and ask them to keep you in mind with any other position that might seem better fitted to your needs. Remember that a no isn’t a no forever or for every situation – there’s plenty of doors that open after rejection strikes. Don’t be afraid to apply to same company again! Gain experience, learn, and reapply.

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