1. Research Company’s Social Media and Blog Posts
Nowadays, it is not uncommon for almost every company to have a blog and be involved in social media. Therefore, it is essential that you not only research the company that you are interviewing for, but also the company’s culture through their social media sites. You never know when you’ll be able to use this as a powerful weapon during the interview and land that job!
2. Use Google Alerts
If you’re going on multiple interviews, Google Alerts will be your life saver. It notifies you anytime a new story appears for a specific subject. To get set up, simply go to www.google.com/alerts, type in your key word, and put your email address in.
3. Use Social Sweepster To Clean Your Facebook & Twitter
I’m sure you’ve read it a million times- employers WILL stalk you on your social media when deciding whether they should hire you or not. The good news? The Social Sweepster app detects pictures with anything that may be a red flag (including profanity!) and cleans it up for you.
Talk about a life saver!!
4. “Tell Me About Yourself.” – MAKE IT UNIQUE!
There’s nothing more dreadful for a hiring manager than when the interviewee answers “Tell me about yourself” with the same answers as everyone else. Yes – keeping it professional is important, but it is also important that you show you’re a person. Share some of the experiences/struggles that have shaped you and led you to study the major you did, and why you would be passionate about working in their company. However, make sure to tie your experiences/struggles to the company and how they could use that as an asset. Only share 1-2 stories that they feel they can relate to!
5. Prepare for The “What’s Your Weakness?”
Being a staffing agency, we see people miss this question day in and day out. The key to answering this question is not just to be honest (because there is such thing as being too honest!) but to describe a weakness and how you have been working towards improving. For example,
“I would say that I struggle with being organized. However, this past year I have been using my Google calendar to organize my tasks and set reminders. I couldn’t be more thankful for it- it’s a total life saver!”
6. ALWAYS ask questions at the end of your interview!
At the end of your interview, ask your hiring manager something that shows your genuine interest in the company but that also makes you stand out. For example, if you enjoy community service, tell them how you loved all the projects you were able to participate in and if their company offers any volunteer opportunities.