6 Tips to Up Your Interview Game
By Grace Boyle
Know Your Strengths – Write down your top three strengths. Then, make sure you have a story for each that illustrates WHY you possess that particular trait. These should be your rock star qualities that will help you stand out from others.
Know Your Weaknesses (And How to Talk About Them) – On the flip side, as much as we would like to be amazing at everything, no one is perfect. Everyone has areas where they can improve. Make sure you know what your own weaknesses are and then talk about how you are working to overcome them.
Do More Than Just Google the Company – Anyone can do a simple Google search of a company and look at their website. Go deeper. For example, if they are a tech company with physical products, go to a store, test out their product, talk to the product rep, learn about how it works, etc. Talk to people currently at the company to build relationships and learn about the company culture. Interviewers will be impressed that you went the extra mile.
Embrace What Makes You Unique – There is truly no one else that shares your same story. Embrace what makes you, YOU! Companies want to see who you are, what you bring to the table, and how you will make them better as a company. As cliché as it sounds, it is important to be yourself.
Know How to Tell a Story – The best way to answer interview questions is to tell a succinct and informative story illustrating what skills make you ideal for the role. Be sure to provide the “why” behind each of your answers.
Send a Timely Thank You Email – Sending a thank you email after your interview is extremely important. Always acknowledge and thank people for taking the time out of their day to get to know you. It shows your attitude of gratitude and professionalism, and it is an opportunity for you to reiterate your interest in the job. If you do not have their contact information, ask for it at the end of the interview. Chances are, they will be happy to give it you.