Job interview tomorrow? Six things you must do today.
You got the call. They’ve invited you in for the interview and it’s tomorrow. You’re perfect for the job. All you have to do is show them. I have faith in you.
To help things along, here are six things you must do right now, if you haven’t already, that will astronomically increase your chances of landing the position.
Research the company: Google the company, visit the website, visit Glassdoor for company reviews (probably more useful for larger companies). Find out as much as you possibly can about what they do, how they do it, and for whom. Take notes and think about how you will talk about what you’ve learned. Research the position you hope to fill. Figure out how to discuss what you will bring to the specific role for the specific needs of the company. If you know who you’re interviewing with, check out their LinkedIn accounts and learn about them too.
Find out, specifically, about the company culture: This is something you might be able to find out from Glassdoor. Do you know anyone who works there? If you’re not sure, ask around on your social media accounts. What’s it like to work there? Is it relaxed and fun? Buttoned up? Do they watch hockey together in the lunchroom? What do they wear? A candidate’s fit with the company culture is among the top priorities for hiring managers. So, once you know what it’s like, figure out how you will demonstrate that you fit.
Get your clothes ready: Yes. It might seem silly but you should do that today. Once you know about the company culture you might be able to plan your look accordingly. We always tell you to err on the side of the conservative for the interview. Unless you know otherwise, that is. One of my coworkers once showed up to an interview in a suit, only to discover that everyone, including the interviewer, was in jeans. “I knew I wasn’t getting the job and he pretty much told me right then that I wouldn’t fit in,” she said. If you’ve no information, err on the conservative side. Regardless, don’t leave it to the last minute to decide what to wear. You might discover something you thought was clean is dirty, or that it has holes in it, or that it’s missing.
Prepare your stories: Your interviewer is going to have some performance based questions for you, like “Tell me about a time you solved a problem or overcame an obstacle.” You don’t want to draw a complete blank. So, prep your tales. Make sure each one has a beginning, a middle, and an ending that conveys how amazing you are.
Prepare your questions: At some point, the interviewer is going to say “Do you have any questions for me?” and you CAN’T say no. It’s a rule. Saying no makes it look like you’re not interested. The questions you should ask should focus on the company’s needs and how you can contribute to meeting their goals. They should not focus on your needs. Don’t ask how much vacation time you get. Ask some variation on “Who aren’t you reaching and why?”
Find out where you’re going: Google map your route and figure out how long it will take to get there – and when the time comes, leave an hour earlier (then, when you get there early, go have a coffee. Don’t go in and announce your presence). Don’t be late. Hiring managers hate it when you’re late.
Now go forth and conquer. Hurry. You don’t have much time. Good luck.
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