Have you done your homework?
- Check out your potential employer’s website, LinkedIn and other social media.
- You can learn a lot not only about their products or services, but also about their company values and mission statement.
- You can also learn a lot about employee tenure and what typical titles look like from a skim of their LinkedIn
Find mutual connections.
- What can you find out about the person you are meeting with?
- In today’s day and age there is so many information available online.
- A quick social media stalking can tell you a lot about the person you are speak with. I wouldn’t mention, hey I found on your Facebook you went to Florida in 2009… but finding mutual connections, colleges, or affiliations is always a great ice breaker.
Update your Resume
- Have your resume up-to-date and have an extra copy of two with you.
- Even if it is just a phone or video interview, having a copy of your resume on hand can help.
- If your interviewer asks you about bullet point 2 on page 3, you can quickly reference what they are referring to.
Dress to Impress
- Unless specifically instructed otherwise, first impressions matter.
- We recommend a business suit. But keep in mind, if they say jeans or provide instructions, they are providing there for a reason.
- We have several partners whose interview process includes a plant tour, where jeans and closed toed shoes are a must, so remember to defer for instructions.
- When in doubt, ask! It never hurts to reach out to HR or whoever scheduled your interview for advice. A quick, “Hello, I plan to wear a suit and tie for my interview on Tuesday. Is that appropriate or is there something else that is recommended?”
- Be ready to give specific examples from your experience that relate to the role.
- Have questions ready for their team.