Many people who go into an interview unprepared end up flopping and ruining a potentially amazing opportunity. It isn’t all about your interview either, sometimes following up with your potential employer and cleaning up your social media can help as well. Taking some of these easy steps to prepare can help you stand out from other candidates, and wind up landing you the opportunity of your dreams.
Interviewing can be one of the most stressful experiences, but knowing some key information can help it go smoothly. Researching the company and having questions prepared for them helps showcase how dedicated you are to the position. Some things to consider:
- Is the company private or publicly owned?
- What is the company’s mission statement?
- What is the organizational structure and culture?
Knowing this information will go a long way and can make a lasting impression. It’s important to be memorable and stand out from other candidates. If you have done your research you will already be one step ahead. You might also consider making business cards for yourself. While this may seem old fashioned, your information will be right at their fingertips.
What you post on social media could make or break an employer’s decision to hire you. Many employers will look into a candidate’s social media and see what kind of person might end up representing their business. The best question to ask yourself before posting anything is, “Would I say/show this to my boss”? Even though your social media may be under a different version of your name, they can often still find you through your phone number or email.
Follow up procedures
Some applicants will submit their application or go through an interview and never follow up. It’s really important to follow up with the employer to check on the status of your application and interview. You are competing against multiple candidates, so you’ll want to make a lasting impression. Emailing your potential employer to follow up will help show them that you’re committed. If you do get hired, one thing that will help your transition into a new position is to ask your boss and possibly some colleagues out for lunch. This will help you get acquainted with your new colleagues and make your transition much easier.
The biggest thing to remember when you’re not hired is to not burn a bridge. Keep on good terms with the employer because you may encounter them later in life, or your name could come up to other employers. Email the employer and ask what kind of things you may need to work on for future positions. This helps to show them that you care and would like to better yourself. This may even help you with a future position at their company.