Hello, please #hire me.

As someone looking to transition into the working world, something I have to think about is what happens when you finally get a response after sending in a job application. In a perfect world, we would all just send in our resumes and instantly be handed a position at the company of our dreams. Unfortunately, in real life, there’s one tiny step in between: the interview.

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Interviews can be daunting, scary, tense and filled with unspoken pressure. And as if that’s not enough, “Less than 10% of hiring managers associate the words ‘professional’ and ‘organized’ with millennial workers,” according to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/pictures/lmj45klek/arrive-early-2/). The interview is your chance to show your potential future employer that you are different–that you are exactly what they’re looking for in a candidate, and that you’ll go above and beyond any expectations they may have of you.

How does one do that, you ask? Well, I aim to give you some tips about interviews that I’ve either heard over the years or have learned from past experience. Just know that not all employers are the same, so it’s important to feel out your interview situation before following any advice.

Here we go!

1.Dress to Impress

You want to appear professional, organized, clean, and mature. If you’re not sure what the culture of the company is, it’s (usually) always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. Wearing a business appropriate suit or skirt is a safe way to go. You don’t want to wear colors that are too distracting, either. Personally, I always wear black and white to interviews. It’s classic, clean, and crisp. Neutrals like greys or navy blues are also acceptable for suiting. Dress for the job that you want and use your words to make this company realize that they need you.

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  1. As Scar says, “Be Prepared”

If you don’t know where the office or building is, get directions and do a test run. Figure out how long it takes to get there and where to park. When it is time for the real interview, make sure to get there about 10 minutes early. Business Insider says that arriving more than 10 minutes early can make the interviewer feel pressure to drop what they’re doing to attend to you, which isn’t a good thing (http://business.financialpost.com/business-insider/job-interview-tips). Make sure that you have extra printed copies of your resume (pulling it up on your phone doesn’t count) in case there are multiple interviewers. Bringing extra writing samples can also make you seem extra prepared.

  1. Turn Off All of your Phones and Gagdets

Speaking of phones, turn yours off. At least put it on silent. This interview is way more important than what your friend is about to text you. No employer is going to be impressed with you showing off how fast you can text without looking. NONE OF THEM.

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  1. Body Language

Most people think that our generation has forgotten the useful art of interacting with humans face-to-face due to our tendency to hide behind a screen. Your body language can either confirm or deny this assumption. Keeping strong eye contact shows your interest, but you don’t have to stare the person down. Looking a person in the eye shows your sincerity and confidence as well. And don’t forget about the handshake. Monster.com recommends practicing so that you’re not squeezing too hard or flopping around limply (https://jryan1022.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/awkward-handshake.jpg). While in the interview, make sure to sit up straight with your chin held high, your chest up, and your legs uncrossed to make you appear open.

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  1. Do Your Research

With all of the technological resources that we have, don’t be afraid to use them to research the company. Call it stalking if you want, but you should know as much as you possibly can: their values, clients, services, important people, current news, and details about your position. You don’t want to be caught off guard with a question about the company’s president if you don’t even know his or her name. Plus, when it comes to asking your own questions, you don’t want to ask about something that would have been obvious if you looked at their website for five minutes.

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  1. Send a Thank You

Never underestimate the power of a hand-written thank you note. After the interview is over, jot down some notes about the conversation and any important or interesting things that came up. Write out a personal thank you card that day, and make sure to include something that will remind the interviewer about your conversation. Send it that day or the next, but don’t wait too long. An emailed thank you is also acceptable, but sometimes going the extra mile to use actual stationary and a stamp is that extra touch that makes you stand out.

NOW GO GET THAT JOB!!!!!!!!

 

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8 thoughts on “Hello, please #hire me.

  1. This is a great blog post!
    Phones: I’ve been advised to leave my phone out of the building, in the car, if possible. If the interviewer is running behind schedule, it’s so easy to pull out your phone to check your texts or emails while you’re waiting… but that moment you pull it out will probably be the moment they step out to invite you to their office, so I never risk having the temptation.

    Body language: I’m so glad you included the importance of handshakes, because meek handshakes are one of my pet peeves. Have some confidence (or at least fake it)!

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  2. This is a great blog post!
    Phones: I’ve been advised to leave my phone out of the building, in the car, if possible to avoid the temptation to quickly check my texts or emails. There have been times when a interviewee was behind schedule and it would’ve been easy to quickly pull out my phone, but if the interviewee were to pop out at the moment it would make you look bad.

    Body language: Limp handshakes are a pet peeve of mine. Have some confidence (or at least fake it)! It shows that you’re sure of yourself and the possibility of you getting the job, and it communicates that you aren’t afraid to approach new people.

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  3. This is a great post sharing what you need to do before and after the interview! For my current job, back in 2002 I had the ultimate interview with the director doctor for our department. It was scary but I dressed professionally, was prepared to know the exact location of my interview in this huge hospital, and had good eye contact with a great handshake. The scariest part of an interview is not knowing ahead of time the questions they will ask you. I got them all…’what are your strengths and weaknesses’, greatest achievements, challenges and conflicts, how do you deal with conflicts and stressful situations, and where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? I surprised myself and did a great job. Just be well prepared for those type of questions and answer the best way you can. Be honest and present yourself in a confident,but not arrogant, manner. This is a great guide for all the millennials and the career changing people!

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  4. I found this post so relatable and relevant. I recently went on an interview, so while I read this I kind of did a mental checklist of whether or not I followed these guidelines. I must’ve done OK, because I was offered the position. But the part you mentioned about handshakes really resonated with me. I have really small hands, so people always treat me like a child when they grab for my hand and realize how little it is. I usually end of having to grip a little harder to let them know that I won’t break. I mentioned this concern to some friends after my interview, and we spent a good 10 minutes practicing handshakes. Apparently business students actually LEARN how to shake hands. A handshake really can make or break an interview. It shouldn’t be awkward or uncomfortable— the handshake is a sign of respect. Very helpful post!

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  5. This was a great post that covered a lot of really great basic info. It is so important to know tips like these when looking for a job.

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  6. I’m most nervous about the thank you follow up for the interview, which is actually pretty weird I guess! I’m much more comfortable talking with people face to face, so all the extra steps you have to do during the interview process kind of stresses me out!

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  7. This is a great blog post. I’ve recently been interviewing for post college jobs and all of these jobs will help me out in one way or another as I continue doing interviews. I especially love the “do your research” tip. This is my #1 before a job interview because I believe it makes you stand out from the other candidates who aren’t looking into the company. I feel like this part of the job search is equivalent to changing your cover letter for every job you apply for. You can’t go into an interview with no in-depth knowledge of the company.

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