This is it – you’ve got an interview for your dream job. You can’t wait to show the hiring manager what you’re made of. But, before you pull out your new suit and polish your shoes, here are a couple of things you can do to prepare for your interview and, in the process, leave a positive and lasting impression on your interviewer.
While many job seekers will do some basic research on the company, diving a bit deeper can help you stand out from the crowd. Start by taking a look at the company’s mission statement, vision and values. Learn what the company stands for and identify how their values align with your own. Using this information in your interview subtly shows the interviewer that you connect with the company and can be a great way to answer the typically asked question, “Why do you want to work here?”
Do a quick online search to find the latest news from and about the company. Learn what big projects they’re working on and any other key information that can give you some insight into what’s important to them as an organization. Take some time to think about the part your role could play in this and use this as a basis for discussion when the interviewer asks if you have any questions. Knowing what’s important to them – and how you can help them accomplish their goals – will show that you’re thinking beyond the interview and set you apart from the other candidates.
Don’t underestimate the value of a “thank you” note. Immediately following your interview, send your interviewer an email thanking them for their time. Add a line or two, reminding them of why you’re a good fit for the role. You might also consider inviting your interviewer and any team members you met throughout the process to connect with you on LinkedIn.
Didn’t Get the Job?
Don’t get discouraged. Regularly following up with the hiring manager can be a great way to keep you top of mind if the event the company expands the team again or re-staffs the role for one reason or another. Find these suggestions useful? Have any tips on how you’ve been able to make a lasting impression on hiring managers? Share them in the comments below.