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You want to land a job focused on solving the world’s biggest problems? First, you need to “wow” your interviewer and stand out from the other resumes. Read these 4 tips to learn how.


The author of this post, Verity Noble, currently VP of Programming at Unreasonable Institute, strongly believes you can achieve anything if you have a step-by-step plan to make it happen. Founding her own group travel and events company, along with having a deeply entrepreneurial spirit, gives her insight into the challenges Unreasonable entrepreneurs face.

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At Unreasonable we do a ton of interviews. Whether that be for potential Fellows to attend the institute or for Mavericks (interns) to join us for the summer.

We get some amazing candidates. People who have done unbelievable things, changed lives, scaled (metaphorical and physical) mountains and been thoroughly unreasonable most of their lives.

But, I’m always surprised at some of the basic etiquettes that interviewees fail to follow. Here are my top 4 pieces of advice for interviewing like a rock star:

  1. Do your homework. If you’re applying for a job at an organization you should have gone over their entire website with a fine tooth comb. You should know who their partners are, what challenges they are facing and who every member of the team is (or at least key management team depending on the size of the organization). Spend an hour or so guessing which questions they may ask you about the organization itself and writing down these answers so you have them at the tip of your tongue.
  2. Prepare some answers. It’s an interview, you’re going to be asked questions and a lot of these questions are opportunities for you to showcase yourself, so work out what it is you want the interviewer to know (e.g. you put on an event for 1000 people that raised $10k for a school in Malawi) and work out what strength you are showcasing with that example (self-starter, highly organized, motivated etc.). Then, when you are inevitably asked about your strengths and areas for improvement, you have something well thought out and awesome to say.
  3. Don’t dress up strengths as weaknesses. If someone asks for an area of improvement (i.e. a weakness) they don’t want to hear that you’re a perfectionist or you work too hard. Those are strengths. If you’re interviewing with me, I will most definitely push back and tell you that, so please come prepared with an actual weakness. I always advise militant transparency but use this with caution. If you are really difficult to work with, telling that to a future employer will definitely mean you don’t get the job. But telling them that you need to work on trusting the team around you more would show an awareness of your inability to delegate while showing that you have thought about how you can improve. Even better, talk about what you are doing to fill that gap in your skill set.
  4. FOLLOW UP! You may have heard this so many times that it’s beginning to sound like a broken record. I interviewed 18 people last week and only one – ONE! – followed up immediately after their interview. A few followed up a couple of days later (seriously, it’s an email, it takes 2 seconds, you have a smartphone, right?) and a number of really promising candidates didn’t follow up at all. This is so disappointing and immediately puts a black mark by your name in my book.

Remember, if you’re going for a great job, the interviewer is probably combing through a multitude of resumes and interviewing a ton of candidates. Make yourself memorable.

These 4 things will make you stand out, head and shoulders, above other candidates. And none of them are hard to do. Now go ahead and blow your interviewer’s mind just by doing a little bit of preparation.

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  • Cory Zaeske

    Thank you for sharing this! As a soon to be graduate it’s nice to get tips on job interviews. It’s sad that it really isn’t something covered all that well in schools. Most of the time your interview sets the tone. It lets your future employer know what your about and whether you are worth hiring or not. I especially liked the tip about critiquing yourself. That sometimes can be a trick question asking what your weaknesses are and some people may want to say none. Is it possible to overdue it with talking about weaknesses? Or is it best to be as honest as possible?

  • Kait Harman

    Thanks for the tips that may seem like common sense but so many of us fail to do in this world. Interviews are something we will all have, these tips can help every single one of us! I have a question about the dressing up strengths as weaknesses. I don’t know about many other people but I have an easy time finding my own weaknesses which does not always give the best impression during interviews. How can I pick a good weakness to tell the employers during interviews instead of thinking of all my weaknesses?

  • Anika Rumery

    Great tips! You can never have enough insight and advisory into the wonderful world of interviewing! :) Do you have any tips regarding the actual follow-up e-mail/letter? What is the best way to approach that?

  • cameruca4

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I think that many people under estimate the importance of having basic interview etiquette. I think this problem is especially apparent when it comes to recent college graduates. During my undergrad experience the only opportunity I had to work on interview skills was when I reached out to someone to ask questions or doing a mock interview. I think it is integral to the success of our college graduates to begin requiring classes on basic interview skills. A class on interview etiquette might even be of use at the high school level. It is a practical skill that everyone needs to have and I personally think that it is a societal failure that we have large segments of the population who don’t understand the basic skills/tips you have outlined above.

  • Collin Smith

    What an awesome article! I am always interviewing for internships and coaching opportunities and I can say from experience that I am guilty of number 3. Strongest weakness? I am a perfectionist. That answer has probably lost me a lot of jobs. You hit the nail on the head with difficulty working in groups and trusting team members. I am very much so an independent worker. I think that tip in itself is extremely valuable. Thank you for this!

  • Collin Smith

    I would agree with an outline for a follow up email/letter. I don’t want to come off too pushy or desperate. I think something short and sweet would do the trick. I tend to just say thank you for the opportunity of interviewing and leave it at that. I respect their busy (more than likely) schedule and try to keep it to a sentence or two.

  • Keeli Gilbert

    I have always been told that you should prepare the answers that you are going o be giving by the interviewer and also knowing about the company you are being interviewed by, but I guess I never looked at it in the sense that it is a make or break in the process. Knowing one little thing, like their biggest competitor or someone they are partners with, I guess could potentially set you apart from everyone else. It is so nice to hear this from someone other than my mom or my dad. So thank you for this article!
    What has been one of your weakness when being interviewed for a job? I am always curious to know because I know what it is for me and I want to know would it would be for someone else. If maybe it is the same thing.

  • jbrycewilson

    I want to throw an asterisk on the fourth point, and what the asterisk means depends on the homework an interviewee does in step 1. A response email is something that can be done immediately, and certainly if that is the preferred means of communication for the person you interviewed with. However, some other people, most notably traditional fields, may put more weight on a handwritten note. So how you follow up should depend on the company and the individual you are interviewing with. This can put a barrier on how quickly the person will get the response, so if you’re doing something handwritten, get in the mail as soon as you can.

  • Tyler Steinmetz

    What a great article and thank you so much for sharing! Your four points hit the nail in the head. I feel like so many of today’s young people don’t do at least 1 or 2 of these things and that really hurts when trying to land a job. I think the most important point out of the four is explaining what your weaknesses are. No one is perfect and an employee should know what your weakness is so that they can help you work on it at a early stage in your career (if you do get the job). I know that I just recently applied for a job and I was told that I was the only one that followed up. Because of this I am a top contender in receiving the job, even though some of the applicants have already worked there in the past. Thank you for the great tips that I can use during every future interview that I will have.

  • http://parisinmadison.blogspot.com/ Amanda O.

    This is a great article! It precisely pin points the most basic interview etiquette. In my opinion, follow up is one of the most important steps to do – and many people fail to do so. On top of that, it is not also important but polite to thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity. It shows that you care. I always write and send in a handwritten thank you note for the interviewer right after the interview so I don’t forget. Being competent is critical to land a job but being courteous and considerate is just as important. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • cecillia yakub

    These interview tips are great especially for those who will be graduating soon. I like the second advice that says it is important for the interviewees to come up with something memorable for the interviewer so that they are ‘special’ compared to other candidates.

  • Verity Noble

    Amanda, great that you write a handwritten note. This shows real hunger for the role and will definitely make you stand out. One word of caution, trying to hard to be courteous can sometimes backfire. You want to look hungry but not desperate.

  • Verity Noble

    Great job Tyler! If you’re in the running, make sure you follow up every week just to keep you in the top of their minds if, for example, you haven’t heard from them in a week or so.

  • byrnesbk24

    Great tips!!! It is always so nerve racking going into an interview so its nice to be prepared and get good tips. I like the one about not dressing up your weaknesses. I was always told by professors TO DO THIS, so its nice to go at it in a different way.

  • MeierKM23

    Great tips!! I am currently a sophomore in college, and one of my major thoughts and worries is getting job after college! A lot of people get very anxious and nervous for interviews, including me, so reading these made me realize what it takes. It just so happens I received an email to schedule an interview for a job next fall semester and will use these for my interview! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • MeierKM23

    I agree with you Tyler, in hearing that many people these days only focus on steps one and two, which can put them at the bottoms sometimes. Also with the follow ups, I have heard that when my friends did or did not do this, it helped them or affected them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Ashley Nicole Rietbrock

    Thank you for sharing this article they are some great tips. It is always so nerve racking going into an interview for a job that you really want. After reading this article I now what it take to help have a good interview. As a junior in college I am starting to really think about the job I want after I’m done with school. I can use these tips when I get a job interview that will hopefully help me get the job. Thank you again for sharing this article with us.

  • Verity Noble

    Hi Keeli, I would usually answer Chocolate! But my real answer would be as follows ‘While head of the EcologIE society at IE Business School in Madrid, I wrongly assumed that everyone felt a sense of Social Responsibility. I quickly learned this was not the case as initial efforts to reduce the number of plastic water bottles purchased on campus failed miserably. It became clear that many people genuinely don’t care about their environmental impact
    even when it is pointed out to them. So, in response, I launched a marketing
    campaign that focused on the PRICE of bottled water, comparing it to other
    liquids such as petrol which is actually much cheaper per liter. This
    highlighted to students how it was affecting them PERSONALLY and incentivized them to reduce their consumption of bottled water and use free tap
    water instead. It’s all about finding the right incentive for each stakeholder.’ As you can see I stated a weakness and then used it as an opportunity to talk about an achievement I wanted an interviewer to know about. What would your weakness be Keeli?

  • Verity Noble

    I like something short and confident. Don’t be obsequious and generally I would advise using their first name. I was written to as Ms. Noble recently and it made me feel about 80!

    Make sure you include anything you said you were going to follow up on e.g. an extra reference, and if there was something you talked about in your interview such as a common interest in social impact, include a link to an article or example of relevant work you’ve done.

    Something like:

    ‘Dear John,

    Thanks so much for your time today, it was great to learn more about XYZ inc and it made me even more excited about the possibility of working with your team.

    I also wanted to send you this article as it had some interesting insight into the organizational development challenges we were discussing.

    I look forward to hearing from you and will follow up in a week.

    Best wishes,
    Joe Bloggs’

  • Verity Noble

    Definitely pick just one weakness and the key is to show how you’re addressing it. Basically you want to assure them that it’s not something to worry about i.e. you’ve got it under control.

  • Verity Noble

    Definitely keep talking about weaknesses to a minimum, you don’t want it to take over your whole interview. Choose a weakness and immediately assuage their concerns by telling them what you are doing to fix it.

  • natebbeard

    Why didn’t you post this last week!? ;)
    Humor me maybe as I play devil’s advocate a bit? It’s interesting considering the goals Unreasonable has when choosing those specific questions. Why ask those questions and what’s the main value add from those questions? Because, ideally, the best way to interview someone is to have them do a task for or with you and see how they handle it right? The greatest strengths/weaknesses question interesting when strategically hiring for the firm. This may have not been the questions, but thought it would be an interesting example… Let’s assume it’s well known in psychology and social studies that people are really terrible at evaluating themselves objectively in terms of their greatest strengths and weaknesses (let me know if this is a fundamentally detrimental assumption and I can find something). The goal of the question for the interviewer might be to evaluate how self-aware the individual is, or maybe the interviewer is actually interested in knowing that person’s strengths and weaknesses? In that case, militant transparency might also take the form of entrapment because being completely honest about one’s weaknesses would be one, inherently biased, and, two, really harmful to the interviewer’s perspective of that person, which could in turn harm the potential value the interviewee could add… Cross-referencing what they say compared to what a previous employer says about him/her would be interesting if the interviewer were looking for straight up liars or people completely out of touch with reality, but the rest of the data from that would be inconclusive? Maybe that question is meant to be answered by giving an example of how the interviewee really screwed up because of a weakness, then learned from it and either made it a strength in some fashion or leveraged a larger strength to overcome it? That’s my rant for the day…

  • Frank_Stanek

    I’ve only been to a handfull of interviews (thankfully) and this is sounds like the standard fare, The one thing I am never sure on when done with an interview is when to get back to them and follow up. I always figured you were supposed to wait a day because otherwise you would come across as needy or annoying and that might cost you the job. I just wonder if a greater number of potential employers would want you to wait or get right back to them.

  • LaurenSE

    This is a great article! Very helpful. I never really thought about the first piece of advice you listed. It makes perfect sense though, why wouldn’t you do that? If I was interviewing someone and they had zero knowledge about the company and its competitors, I think I would be almost offended. The one being interviewed needs to show interest in the company. I would not want to hire someone that is just looking for a place to make money, I would want to hire someone that has a passion for what the company stands for/does. Do you have any other advice on how to make yourself memorable during the interview? Tips on dress, mannerisms, communication?

  • LaurenSE

    I wondered that same thing, I thought you should wait a day before the follow up. I thought that the same day was too soon, and a couple days was too late. Does it depend on the employer? How would you know which they prefer?

  • Brandon

    Thanks for the article!! we need some pointer to succeed in an interview so we can get the job that we always wanted. Its always to do your homework on the company before you start get going know the benefits and stuff like that. Always prepare for interview questions that they might ask. “Blow your interviewer’s mind just do a little of preparation” so true because if you want the job that wouldn’t you want to do a little research so you can do on the interview.

  • Willie

    Thank you for the article and these great tips. This is a great tool that I wish I had at earlier experiences. On my first interview I went in totally blank to the whole process besides actually filling out the application. I think if I knew just these few tips I maybe could have gotten at least a job or two that I may have been passed up on.

  • Caitlin Donohue

    Great article, thank you! I have an interview next week so this is perfect timing for this great advice. I will definitely be using all of these tips. Is there anything specific I should include in the follow up email? Do you look for anything specific or just the courtesy of the interviewee saying something sincere?

  • amykahl8

    Although preparing for an interview is a lot of work in the long run it will be so worth it if you get the job! Unfortunately I’ve had a lot of bad interview experiences when I’ve showed up to the time and place of the interview and the managers didn’t even bother to show up. After calling the next day the managers “still weren’t there” and I didn’t even get an apology. People are always emphasizing making a good impact on a potential employer. However, some employers need to hold up their end too! Has anyone else had an experience like this?

  • William Savoie

    Being a good interviewee is an extremely important part of being an employee. First impressions are the name of the game here and if you come off as a hard-working, dedicated member of the team, your chances of being hired are much greater than others. Following up was a concept I had a small amount of difficulty with because I simply assumed if the employer was interested, they would contact me. However, my Dad has always told me to either leave a voice mail for the employer or send them a follow-up email to reinforce your interest in the job they are offering.
    These 4 points are all good ideas when you are entering an interview. Who knows, these techniques could land you a dream career..

  • lepkowskjj29

    In all the interviews that I have done I have found going into the interview with a positive up beat attitude has always helped me in getting the job. Rather then worry about whether or not they’re going to like me enough to hire me I just try to be myself and show them how much I am interested in the position.

  • ZakFritz

    This is great because I just scheduled an interview for in a couple of weeks. This will help me hopefully get the job that I am interviewing for. Following up is a great idea after I get done with the interview.

  • Jeovany_Espino

    Hey there, following up is great and doing a handwritten is very rare today. however, i have always had trouble finding out when is the correct or right time to follow up, this article and your experience says immediately but i was always told do a couple of days as not to look desperate and in a hurry

  • Haley Horn

    Thank you for sharing these tips. I am a sophomore in college and will be in the working world soon, and interviews sound very nerve-racking to me. An interview is like an exam, right? If you know the material inside and out, you will do great on the exam. If you know your stuff about the company you are applying for, then it will put you a few steps further.

  • tjbaumeister08

    Thank you for sharing this article. I learned about these tips in numerous business classes I’ve taken but they’re definitely worth reading again. Before I learned about them, I never really researched the company before the interview so when they would ask me something about it I would have nothing to say. After that though I started researching the company beforehand and I definitely have better results afterwards. Do you have any tips for when the interviewer asks if the interviewee has any questions for him/her?

  • sarahbrooks

    Thank you for sharing. These are some good pointers I think everyone needs to read or hear. Interviews are very important and everyone is going to be faced with them at some point. ( if they have something going for them, that is) I really like number three and I think that telling them how you are working to improve on your weakness is key! Can you tell the difference in people who bullshit and just say what you want to hear, compared to the people being real?

  • LevenhagAL14

    I’ve had a similar experience! I was interviewing for a position regarding customer service, and during the interview the interviewee kept complaining about how much she hated her job and the people she worked with, it really caught me off guard.

  • Amy Rink

    Thank you for posting this article! I couldn’t agree more with you! These 4 steps have helped me receive the jobs I have applied for in the past! If someone was looking for a job and followed these steps their chance of receiving the job are higher than others! I also believe though there is just a little more a potential employee should, such as how they dress themselves to the interview. My question is when following up with the company how long should the email be?

  • Verity Noble

    Make the email short. 3 or 4 lines at most, you don’t want to overwhelm them.

    Great point about how to dress – definitely check out the company culture before choosing what to wear. If it’s a finance job at Goldman Sachs – wear a suit – if it’s Google, definitely don’t!

  • Verity Noble

    Hmmm, I would like to think I can but I’m sure there are some really good bullshitters out there! I do tend to test bullshit capabilities in other parts of the interview so if this is an inherent trait, it will usually be found.

  • Verity Noble

    GREAT question!

    Ask something about how you can help them rather than the other way round. If your first question is about your salary or benefits for example, this comes off that you’re really only interested in what you can get rather than what you can give. A question I asked in my interview at Unreasonable was ‘What keeps you up at night in terms of worrying about something at the organization?’ Also questions like

    What are you most excited about at XYZ right now?
    What do you see as XYZ’s greatest challenge in the next year?
    What inspires you at XYZ?

  • Verity Noble

    I think waiting a day or so only applies to dating….. while dating is really similar to interviewing, an immediate follow up always signals good things to me as long as the follow up doesn’t come across as desperate. A couple of lines saying thanks for the interview, I really enjoyed meeting you and then, if you promised to send them anything or if you talked about something specific in the interview you wanted to share, include that too.

  • BartuchGR11

    Thank you for posting this blog. I found this really helpful to me because I am currently looking for a summer job and filling out job applications. When I go to the interview I will definitely remember these 4 things. I do agree that the follow up after the interview is so important. You are right it only takes a few seconds to do. By doing the follow up that could be one thing that can easily help get you the job.

  • GraceFelion

    Thank you for this post! As a soon to be college graduate it’s always great to read about interview tips. I know I need to get better at knowing which questions to ask and how to explain my weaknesses without making me seem unemployable (I really don’t have a lot of weaknesses… that makes it sound like I do!). I still haven’t had any big interviews yet but when I do I will make sure I do all of these thing, especially following up. I want to find a job but it definitely is a daunting task! Any other advice for job seekers?

  • weidmankl15

    I have a HUGE interview on Tuesday and wow did these tips help! I am very curious about your weaknesses thoughts though. Didn’t it use to be “your weaknesses should come off as strengths?” and now you say not to? I understand both thoughts but I prefer thinking of my weaknesses as strengths. You hit the perfectionist one on the head though, I always say that one. Any other tips for me for Tuesday?

  • weidmankl15

    Very good point when it comes to working to improve on your weaknesses. I always think of terrible weaknesses that sound more like strengths, but hey I am employed right now so clearly it worked! I would love to hear the answer to your question as well though about the bullshit….

  • weidmankl15

    That is a great way to look at an interview. I have never thought of it that way! Knowing the company inside and out and knowing what you can bring to the table is key.

  • lex_alwaysMIA

    Love this article! It seems that there is struggle when it comes to nailing interviews. These tips are very useful especially for individuals that may not do too well under pressure. As long as you are confident and know important information about the company you should be fine. I personally am not a fan of major interviews but if it going to be beneficial to me, I have to prepare. Thank you for sharing these tips!

  • turbo_frey

    Thank you for this very helpful article Verity. This article is very useful for individuals like myself, who are just beginning to start their professional careers. The step I find most important is researching the company you are pursuing. Making the company aware that you are knowledgeable about their mission, goals, etc. is a key to winning their approval. Also, I find it very important to always have a few questions set aside that you could possibly ask the specific company at the end of the interview, which shows that you are interested in gaining more insight into their company. Are there some things you would advice not to do or say at an interview?

  • turbo_frey

    I think the fact that one knows their weaknesses is a strength they possess. Many don’t realize their weaknesses and therefore never try to overcome them. Therefore, being aware of the things one must work on to improve will eventually help strengthen them in the long run. Be just as confident in your weaknesses as you are in your strengths. This will ultimately show them that you are confident in yourself no matter the situation or conflict and that you are willing to adjust what you need to because you know you can.

  • jkailing

    Thank you for sharing this article with us. I think that
    information on how to succeed during interviews is very important for soon to
    be college graduates like myself. I think that interviews are very hard and
    very important because you only get 30 minutes to try and convince the company
    that you are the best candidate for this position. I think that everyone can be
    helped from this article because even if you aren’t in the interviewing process
    for possible jobs its always good to keep your interview skills sharp just in
    case. One question I would have to ask the author is do you think having
    questions to ask the interviewer is a good idea?

  • turbo_frey

    Researching the company you plan on pursuing is key to obtaining their approval. While having past experience with interview assessment at a company, a main point we looked for was whether or not the individual had the basic knowledge of our company. The more knowledge they seemed to have, the more confidence they gave off. Those who obviously took the time to research our company were given higher rankings than those who didn’t take the time to prepare themselves for the specific interview, even if they did have better credentials. The amount of time someone takes to prepare themselves for an interview ultimately shows one’s personality and the level of interest one has in a particular position.

  • kristinwagner32

    Great Article! I think this gets straight to the point and allows future job hunters to focus on whats important. Weaknesses are always a hard one for me during job interviews because of course no one wants to admit what they need to work on. After reading this it helped me put a sense into what I want to say and twist the words a bit to sound more professional and am able to elaborate on how I am willing to work on whatever the weakness may be. Thank you!!

  • WolfgramKA06

    Thanks for the great article. I have an interview in a few days, and this will benefit me. I like how the four tips are simple and straight to the point. Many people ramble on with their strengths and weaknesses, but you offered some great advice. What was the most difficult interview question you’ve ever gotten?

  • Jansscor16

    Thanks for the article. These are some helpful tips to anyone out their, unfortunately not enough people know about these tips. I think they need to teach High School students tips like these for interviews and applications. My mom and dad taught me everything about interviews, but for others they are never taught. What does one say when they send a follow up email?

  • AmandaBrom

    Thank you for the great article. I have been wondering what to do about my job now. I am so unhappy there and going to work is never fun but sometimes it is hard to go back through the process of looking for another job and getting interviewed again, that holds me back. I think these steps will help me and everyone else in the same boat find that one job they are looking for. What are the top questions people should ask during an interview? I feel this is a question that never gets answered but people are always told to make sure to ask questions back to the interviewer.

  • pinsolera

    Absolutely wonderful article, thank you for posting this. If anyone, such as myself, were trying to find some more strategies to do very well on an interview, this is what we should all read. The one part that I learned the most was point number four. To be honest, I have not followed up with interviews as much as I should and I mostly received the jobs I was applying for. My question is though when you follow up, what are some of the things you talk about? I’m just in the dark about that.

  • Kyle Schiedemeyer

    I was going to say the same thing, I have an interview within the next couple of weeks. I really think that this information can benefit my responses to any questions that they ask me. By using these tips I will definetly have more confidence going into the interview. Thank you.

  • Kyle Schiedemeyer

    I agree, I usually never follow up with an interview after I am done, I feel like I am bothering the employer. After reading these tips I agree, a follow up would be very helpful in the case of helping a possible employer remember who you are.

  • Jessica Andrew

    This is a great article, thank you for sharing! These are very good tips for everyone to follow. With me being a college student, these are things that I will have to remember to focus on before and during the interview. I always have someone try to give me some interview questions and see if I can answer them well. I want to feel prepared going in. I have heard the follow up one many times. If I do it, I just don’t want to feel too pushy to get the job. How long should the follow up be and how do I try to do a follow up without being pushy?

  • Drew

    Thanks for the article! I might take and print off this article to boost confidence before, during, and after my interview! My question is how soon after the interview do you send that follow up email. ALso what key points would you touch on in your email? Thanks again!!

  • Drew

    I will most definitely be using these types of questions next time around during an interview. I have always struggled with this question when brought up in an interview process

  • Logan Dohmeier

    Interviewing is such an important skill to have attached to your belt. It is really the “make or break” step in the hiring process, although I do think it would be more realistic as well as more accurate to see a persons skills put to the test. Also, it can be really easy to construct the perfect interview outline, but the execution is key. This is where a lot of people get tripped up in the moment of the interview, and I have definitely done so myself. If there is one thing I remember from my speech classes, it is to practice, practice, and practice again until you are able to systematically flow through the real test. Great post.

  • Leahrebout

    Great advice, thank you for sharing your wisdom! Coming close to my last semester of college I’m quickly approaching the time of big interviews, which is unbelievably nerve-racking, but this information will be very helpful. How would you recommend we approach the follow up after an interview without coming off as desperate or needy?

  • kolinjk29

    Thank you for sharing this great information. A interview can be very scary for some people and this article does a really good job touching on many aspects that people often forget. I am getting ready to gear up and start the interviewing process this fall when I graduate. This was very helpful in summing up important aspects that I will be aware of now and in the future. I really liked your forth area about following up. I believe that it is very important, for example I work in the service industry currently and I have always seemed to notice that whenever someone had an interview and came back to speak with a manager a day or 2 later that would always seem to land them the job. I believe it shows that you are motivated and serious about the establishment you are applying to work at. A question I have is do you have any advice on things people should avoid during an interview? Thanks again for sharing

  • kolinjk29

    I think that one follow up is usually pretty good. I’m sure its different for everyone but, one follow shows that you are taking the establishment seriously without being to pushy. I would think maybe going back 3 or 4 times would just start to annoy the person in charge of the hiring process. I work currently work in the service industry and it seems like the people that come back after their interviews a least once tend to get hired on the spot. Good luck

  • Jessica Mendoza

    Wonderful article. Interviewing is such an important skill to have. Being a college student, it is important that we focus on school, but it’s also important to focus of the steps it takes to get the career we want. Interviewing is probably the scariest steps of them all. The advice that you have stated in your article is amazing and will help me a lot! Do you have any advice on the follow up process? I know we are supposed to do it, but I always tend to feel a little pushy when I do it.

  • Brittney Glende

    What a great article to read, thank you Verity for sharing this with us. As we are almost on our way out of college reading an article like this full of great tips is great. Interviewing is such an important skill that you should have and the tips you have listed for us and have gone into detail with are very helpful. After you have your interview how long should you wait to follow back up with them? Or should you wait for them to call you?

  • AndreaBehling

    These were wonderful tips. Thank you for the post! I’m graduating in May and in the process of interviewing like crazy, so this was a good reminder that I need to be on my ‘A’ game. Question though, so you really like when an interviewee sends an email minutes after the interview? I’m always scared of being too overbearing, so that kind of surprised me.

  • aulm92

    Thank you for the article! I think that these are great tips to use in an interview and I will definitely use them next time I have to interview. I’ve never thought about saying your a perfectionist actually being a strength. As for follow-ups, what do you recommend someone should say in a follow-up email?

  • http://parisinmadison.blogspot.com/ Amanda O.

    Verity, I definitely agree with wanting to look hungry but not desperate. I will definitely try to find a balance between that. Thank you!

  • Taylor Schulz

    thanks for sharing this article! I, myself, am not the greatest at the whole interviewing process, so I enjoy any advice I can get. When I am around people I know, I am the most outgoing and talkative person ever, but when I get into a situation like an interview, I tend to turn into a different person. I get nervous and shy in a matter of minutes. Aside from these tips, what would you say would be a good technique to calm nerves? I would love to hear any other advice you have! Thanks again for sharing!

  • Verity Noble

    An immediate short email saying thanks for their time, great to meet them and including anything you said you’d follow up on in the interview should do the trick.

    The interviewer should give you a date they’ll let you know by. As soon as this date passes and you haven’t heard anything, follow up with another short email saying just checking in to see how the decision making is going and wanted to express your continued interest.

  • Verity Noble

    Hey Drew, here’s my response to a similar question above:

    An immediate short email saying thanks for their time, great to meet them and including anything you said you’d follow up on in the interview should do the trick.

    The interviewer should give you a date they’ll let you know by. As soon as this date passes and you haven’t heard anything, follow up with another short email saying just checking in to see how the decision making is going and wanted to express your continued interest.

  • Verity Noble

    Just keep the follow up short and light-hearted. Great to meet you, really enjoyed our conversation, here is a link to that article we discussed/an event I organized/the company I worked for (for example)

    End with ‘I look forward to hearing from you soon.’

    I also received a great email from a potential applicant on Friday who just wanted to follow up as it was the end of the week. It meant she moved straight to the top of mind again. Her email was only 3 lines long – that’s all it takes.

  • Verity Noble

    See some of the responses above – good luck!

  • Verity Noble

    I’ve responded to a couple of comments that came in after yours asking the same thing, so rather than bore everyone by repeating myself, check those out and let me know if they don’t answer your question. Good luck!

  • Verity Noble

    Hmmmm, to be honest I can’t really remember as the last interview I had was over 2 years ago and was a lot of fun! I once had a very aggressive interviewer who immediately jumped into questions about sales plans, how I’d get 50 new clients in the first month etc. I knew immediately this wasn’t the job for me as they didn’t take any time to get to know me as a person or layout what the interview would look like.

  • Verity Noble

    YES!!! You must have some well prepared questions to ask the interviewer.

  • Steven Bichler

    As I’m preparing for a couple of interviews over the next couple weeks this was a much need refresher. I believe one of the most important tips you gave that nobody does is follow up. I don’t know if people think they are over obsessing if they do, but if they just did that it is one of the keys to nailing the job. Thanks for the article!

  • Verity Noble

    Everyone has weaknesses. What makes you a great candidate is knowing what they are and how to mitigate them either by fixing them or bringing in people with other skill sets to fill the gap. Someone told me something awesome about strengths and weaknesses today. He said that school teaches you the wrong thing. When, for example, you get A grades in 6 subjects and a D in one subject, what do you do? You focus on that one subject you got a D in to try and bring it up to a better grade. When what you should really do is focus on the subjects you are already good at and become AWESOME at them. I think the point of this is few people can be good at everything so go from good to great on the things you’re good at rather than focusing on going from bad to mediocre on the areas you don’t excel in.

  • Kevin Weber

    Thanks for the article!! I can relate to these steps so well. I always do my research on the company before I have an interview. This gives me a better understanding of what the company is all about. I brainstorm some questions that might ask me, as well as write some questions I have for them. This shows that I am well prepared and organized. Also, dressing well shows you have interest and gives you professional look. I am always confident when I go to interviews now.

  • justin bowers

    Thank you for this article! I really like this article because I’m getting close to the point in my life where I will be doing interviews a ton! I think that if you are trying to impress the council, so to speak, you must do your homework! They want somebody who knows the company and what it’s about. You need to show them that you are excited and interested in their company and their mission. Otherwise they’ll be able to see right through you! What’s the most challenging question to answer in an interview?

  • justin bowers

    I do the same thing! I always research the company that is interviewing me because it shows them that I’m interested and dedicated to their mission and goals. I also think of some typical questions that are asked during interviews and make sure I’m prepared to answer them thoroughly. I don’t believe that dressing up should have THAT much of an impact on whether or not you’d be a good candidate. It seems there is too much stress put on looking well instead of “doing” well. I do think, however, that you should look presentable, just nothing over the top.

  • Kevin Weber

    I agree with you on doing well should be deemed more important than the way you look. I believe the way you dress for an interview is based on the type of company you interview with. The way you dress is the first impression you present to your potential employer. And yeah, over the top can seem to desperate.

  • Jennifer Lynn

    This is a very useful article for anyone currently job searching I think because many people don’t know how to prepare for interviews. I will definitely be bookmarking this one! College students seeking out potential careers or even just looking for a summer job could really benefit from reading this. Do you see a lot of people who really prepare for interviews or do most just “wing it?”

  • KevinThomson32

    Great article! This is some very vital information especially for me because I have been applying for jobs lately and this article really helped. I have heard of all of these steps before except the following up one so I am absolutely going to use this technique and hopefully it helps!

  • KevinThomson32

    I agree with what you have to say because all these points are very important and I believe will help us college kids land a job. I feel like you have to prepare for interviews to get to know the company

  • beekmane

    “Do your homework” is a great tip. For my current job, the interview was simply a discussion about current problems in the industry and the mission statement/strategy of the company. If I did not do my homework the conversation would not have lasted long.

    Also, handwritten thank you notes are a good touch!

  • Connor Driscoll

    Thank you for posting! As someone who has several interviews coming up, this is definitely helpful for me. For example, I am always asked what my biggest weakness is and I can never come up with a good answer. Hopefully your suggestions help me out in the future. Verity, what percentage of people do you think actually follow your advice regarding interviews?

  • jmarch

    This is great! I lined up my job for after graduation and I followed these exact step and it really does pay off. I think the most important thing is to follow-up. In this day and age manners are so easily thrown out the window and a simple thank you letter (or email) is so crucial.

  • Connor Driscoll

    I agree that follow up is crucial. It is just another way to make your name stand out! Really shows that you care!

  • Keal7685

    This was such a helpful article to read, especially as a college student. I am beginning to get more and more interviews for different opportunities and every little bit of advice helps. With your comment about not dressing up weaknesses as strengths, I completely agree but I just do not know what I would say about myself. What would be some examples of good “weaknesses” that do not totally turn and employer off from hiring you?

  • Zach Perkins

    This is great advice, especially seeing that I’ll be entering the workforce! I particularly enjoyed the piece regarding weaknesses. Sometimes we worry too much about sugarcoating our weaknesses to give us a “flawless” look. This is really impossible to accomplish.

  • Zach Perkins

    Yeah, I definitely agree on following up. I’ve never actually been informed of this, but usually do it as curtesy. I simple email is a great way to step ahead of your competitors.

  • Kendra Larson

    I found your article to be very helpful. I have had my share of interviews in the past and sometimes I don’t know what to expect, and not knowing what to expect makes me nervous. I am always going through my head what I am going to say, and how I am going to answer their questions. I always try to look presentable as well because I have always thought that your chances would be higher by getting the job, if you looked nice. Thank you for posting this article, I know that these certain tips will be beneficial for me in the future when I am interviewing for my career Job.

  • Leija2014

    I feel the same way you do when it comes to job interviews. I wish they just gave the questions beforehand so I can practice my answers! I think this article provided great tips on nailing an interview and I think dressing the part has a big influence on the interview as well!

  • Haley Horn

    Thank you for the extra tips! I will have to remember that when I am applying for companies that I wish to work for. You’re right about the confidence. I’ve noticed that I do better on speeches and presentations when I really know what I’m talking about!

  • Amanda Laatsch ?

    This is an awesome article, and I found it really helpful. With graduating rolling around the corner in about a month, I am looking for jobs, and these tips will help me with the interview process. I think the two that I found most helpful were 3 and 4. I think most people are taught that you should play a strength as a weakness. Hearing your persepctive on this topic was very insightful. What are some other ideas you could give for an answer to this question? I also liked number four because I am never sure if I should call and follow up after an interview..so thank you for that advice.

  • Amanda Laatsch ?

    I totally agree, showing that you know a lot about the place you are interviewing at is very important. You want to show that you are very serious about the position, and you took the time to research a little bit. I definitely think that would set you apart from others.

  • Amanda Laatsch ?

    I completely agree, I’m always told you should ask the interviewer questions as well, but I never know what to ask. I would love to hear some ideas as to what are good questions to ask!

  • Amanda Laatsch ?

    This is really great advice, and I am glad I ran across this post. I’m glad I now know what to say with my follow up, thank you! I found this article extremely helpful, and will definitely take all of your posts into consideration when I go to my next interview.

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    This article keeps the process of preparing for an interview very simple. And we can all agree that things are easier when they are simplified. Steps 1-3 were very easy to follow. I understand that completely. But when you say follow up by sending an email, what would you say in that email?

  • hanzimm23

    This article puts an interview in to very simple terms. Interviews to this day scare the crap out of me. But I guess I just need need to be more perpared for them. I’ve had a couple interviews in my lifetime and I always seem to choke at some point because I am so nervous. If i do my research, if I perpare some answers and if I don’t dress my strengths up as weaknesses I will be “A okay” for my next interview. Thank you for this article!

  • Verity Noble

    Hi Nate. I totally agree with you, getting someone to do a task is a really important way of testing how they work. This is why coming in to work with the team for a day and complete a project is a key part of our hiring process. However, a conversation is also important and is the first stage of screening.

    You mention “the goal of the question for the interviewer might be to evaluate how self-aware the individual is” and that is completely true. If an individual can confidently assert their weakness, that shows self-awareness, courage and honesty. Better yet,stories stick, so if an interviewee is able to be honest about a weakness AND follow that up with a story of how they are actively combating it on both a personal and professional level – they could be a solid candidate!

  • Verity Noble

    Hi Sam, see below. I’ve answered this a couple of times. Basically keep it short, sweet and say thank you.

  • Anthony Urbanski

    Very helpful post, everybody is going to go through a job interview and these tips may just push you ahead of your competition. I think the weakness question is one of the hardest interview questions. Obviously you have a weakness, you’re not perfect but how do you explain your weakness? Should you ever admit to having more than one weakness?

  • Verity Noble

    I think if someone says ”Do you have any more weaknesses?” You wouldn’t say no, none. Everyone has more than one weakness. But I just don’t think anyone will ask you that to be honest. Your aim is to choose one weakness and demonstrate what you are doing to improve it.

  • katie bartlein

    Thank you for the tips! I recently had a friend ask me to help her prepare for an interview. During the process I reviewed the companies website and picked out a few questions that might of been helpful to her. I was surprised when I asked her what she liked about the company, her answer came up short. I told her that knowing the business your applying for and doing your homework was one of the most important parts. I ‘ended’ our interview until she was better prepared. The follow-up mock interview was then perfect. She answered many questions how you suggested here and I was satisfied with the effort she then put into it. I will be sure to show here these tips as they will help me in the future and hopefully help her. If a company doesn’t contact you with in 3 weeks after an interview(followed up a day after the interview and then again a week later) but they still haven’t contacted you, would it be inappropriate to contact them again? Or should you just wait it out until you hear back from them?

  • Jen McKiernan

    Thank you for this article. Interviews always seem very intimidating to me and I am currently looking into finding an internship for next year and I do not have a lot of interview experience so these tips will be very useful to follow. Do you think doing mock interviews are helpful?

  • Drew

    I really had no idea that a follow up email should occur that soon thank you for the blog and information! i will most definitely be using these ideas in my future interviews and follow up messages! Thanks again!

  • treehugger90

    I agree that it’s good to do your homework, follow up, and tell them about weaknesses. This article reminds me of my intern class because she repeated over and over again to make sure we follow up and show we are interested. Which I think is a good thing because then that employer will remember you more.

  • ZakFritz

    I actually just did this. After I had an interview I called them a few days later and I got the second interview! This has already helped me out, and hopefully it will help me get the job.

  • Jessica Walker

    This is a great article, so simple yet so effective. Doing research is definitely a key component. One of my friends had an interview and almost made it completely through and it sounded very promising, but at the end they asked a question about their website. Not doing her research, she had no idea of the answer and had to admit she had not looked at their website. This made her an automatic “no” and their attitudes changed completely. Also, following up (luckily) has worked for me every time. I don’t know if it is specifically for following up, but ever since I have been following up, I hear back almost immediately. They want to know that they are thought about too, not just them thinking about you. When is the right time to follow up –is there too soon or too late?

  • Verity Noble

    Hey Jessica, you bring up a great point here that I need to clarify. I think NOT knowing something is not a deal breaker. If you have done your research and simply missed one bit, that’s not a big deal and a company definitely should explore your knowledge on more than one topic about their business to make sure this is not a case. Admitting you don’t know rather than trying to blag it is also very important.

    Follow up straight away then again in a week. Keep both very short.

  • Brandon

    Thanks for the article!!! as having an interview coming up soon. Its important I use some of these tips of offered. I agree first impression can be huge to being a candidate to the company and looking up what the company is all about. Just make sure you are prepared and confident.

  • vitalecm03

    I really love this article! This is so important for many people! If you really want a job you have to do your homework and show them why you’re better then anyone else and why they should choose you. If you don’t show that you want it then you won’t get it. A job is a job, yes they come and go but if it’s a job you really love then go work to get it!

  • vitalecm03

    I really love this article! This is so important for many people! If you really want a job you have to do your homework and show them why you’re better then anyone else and why they should choose you. If you don’t show that you want it then you won’t get it. A job is a job, yes they come and go but if it’s a job you really love then go work to get it!

  • YeQi Zhou

    This article is so helpful for students who are graduating soon. As an undergraduate student, i have two interview experiences and i can’t agree more on the author’s opinion. Always do your own research before going to interview. It shows your attitude whether you take it serious and respect the company and the people who are going to interview you. Having prepare the company’s background, interview questions may help you keep calm and no panic. Moreover, always be yourself, show your weakness since no one is perfect, and that’s the space that you can improve in the future. Lot’s of companies do really want smart person, they want employees who are aspirant and hardworking. And i think the author address pretty good points!

  • Antony Phuoc Tran

    Thanks for posting this
    article. This is the period of time when interviews are happening week after
    week and I need a nice and effective reminder like this! Also, one BIG thing
    that I always do is bringing the course works that I did in my classes as
    examples to show to my interviewers as it is a lot easier to talk and explain
    what I did with the products being presented on the table. Also, using humors
    (at appropriate times) would be great to ease the air and also to build
    connections with the interviewers. But most of the time, I feel that really
    depends on luck because some interviewers could be super tense for no reason.

  • Andersonjc16

    I love the last quote, If you are not prepared for an interview then why would they hire you. First impressions are huge and can tell a lot about a person and you must impress or “blow their mind” and make them want you and not the other way around.

  • Mika Huang

    These are helpful tips for interviewing. It is important to do research and understand what is the mission and value of an organization before an interview. I like the idea of self-improvement because most people tend to hide their weaknesses from others, especially from interviewers.

  • Felicia

    I liked this article. It was really short and precise, so this would be a good reminder for me before I get ready for interviews. Especially following up part is really easy to forget, but that’s one of the most important points of successful interview, so I liked that you mentioned it.

  • Andrew Wirawan

    This is a very helpful and useful article. I have to agree with all of the tips that is given in the article. It is the four fundamental things that we need to do to make an outstanding and memorable interview. I will definitely use the these tips for my future interview to secure my position in my dream job. As to speak from my previous interview experience, I surely did not do a thorough research about the company itself, and as a result, I didn’t have a smooth interview because I was not able to answer some of the questions regarding the company and its business. However, I was adequately prepared for answering about my own strengths and weaknesses. I also realized that the interviewer seems to be happier when I told them about my weaknesses and my plan for improvement. Showing your effort to improve yourself, instead of covering it up, will be more profitable for the company in the long run. Thanks Verity for the good article!

  • Brittany Arrington

    I really like this article. Sometimes it seems like common sense for an interview, but sometimes people need reminding about what will help you successfully through an interview. They point out 4 very good points: doing your homework, preparing some questions, not dressing strengths as weaknesses, and following up after an interview.

  • jkailing

    That is a question that I always have trouble figuring out how to answer. I never know how to explain my weakness, and what one would be the best for me to tell them. I think that thinking of a weakness and telling them how you plan on improving on that might be the best way to go. But I’m currently trying to figure the answer to that question out myself.

  • schrammjm26

    Well I can attest to this article’s accuracy! It’s amazing how many people in my generation struggle with communicating with people 10 or even 5 years older than us. Some other generations even say that its our biggest flaw. You would think that if anything is important to you that you would do your research on it to show that you actually care about the company and you didn’t just draw it out of a hat. When I was interviewing for jobs I asked a lot of loaded questions that I already knew the answers to and would ask followup questions to their answers which I had also prepared ahead of time, this shows them that you actually have done your research. I always liked to use the “I’m methodical so sometimes it appears that I take longer to do things” weakness. As long as you point out why something is a weakness and then what your doing to fix it that is what they are truly looking for, how are you addressing that weakness and improving yourself. Followup is key. A simple generic card wont due either, keep it short but bring up one or two sentences that were specific to the conversation you held with them. Lastly you might have noticed that I said conversation in that last sentence, if you had a good interview, it should feel like you had a conversation with the interviewer, not an interrogation which puts both of you in an awkward situation.

  • Jessica Coder

    Great article and posted at a very applicable time for me. I am in the process of applying and it is always great to have tips- all of these seem so simple but can be easily forgotten. Thanks for the “Don’t dress your strengths as weaknesses” tip- I have been told several things regarding this- but it’s always good to acknowledge there are some things we can improve on- it’s good to act human! Thanks for posting- I’ll keep these tips in my back pocket for interviews to come!

  • GrycowskAJ17

    Absolutely love the steps!!! It really makes it an easy process to follow.

  • GrycowskAJ17

    I would have to agree saying that the follow up has to be the more overlooked step.

  • GrycowskAJ17

    I really think that’s what interviewing is meant to be. It is about the employer recognizing you and remembering you.

  • Frank_Stanek

    I guess you could ask at the end of the interview or try and ask another employee there when they think calling back would be appropriate but that would take a lot of guts and I would think it could potentially be taken the wrong way.

  • Sam Kuchenreuther

    Oh okay. Sounds good. Thank you!

  • Jazmine Williams

    Out of the interview articles, workshops, and discussions I have been apart of not one of them have mentioned how important the Follow Up step was. So thank you for making that clear! I feel as if you do not show how eager you are to get that position the employer might consider another person who does dedicate that extra two minutes of their day to show how dedicated they can truly be. Thank you!

  • Alyssa Borgrud

    My favorite point is number four! So many people do not follow up, and how that comes across is not being interested. When you follow up, that shows initiative and it proves that you are actually interested. When you follow up, this also gives the potential employer to ask any additional questions that they may have. If you don’t follow up, you have to take into consideration all of the other people that have. Most likely, employers will go with the people that do take the initiative to follow up because that simple phone call shows dedication.

  • Katie Ackerman

    This couldn’t have been written at a better time, thanks Verity! I am just starting the interview process as an upcoming graduate. These are some really awesome tips, and some that I have already realized I needed to do. I now have a “final four” to make sure I am paying attention to. Preparation is key to success! Can an interview be too short?

  • mhansen11

    Thank you so much for this article! You are so right when talking about your interview. Of course do your homework with it, you don’t want to just go in with no knowledge of what is going on. Preparing answers is tough. I’m not the world’s best speaker but if I have knowledge on what I want to say, it makes it a bit easier. Identifying your weaknesses..everyone should know this one because you can always improve somewhere in your life. And of course follow up. That’s crucial to a job search.
    Thank you again for this article!

  • Palecekb

    Thank you for the article Verity, it is very interesting to see what the other person of the interview is thinking while I answer the questions. It sounds like the weakness part is a more difficult question to answer, do you think it would be acceptable if I said: I need work on prioritizing, I sometimes get the most enjoyable task done first rather then the actual one needed to be finished first. I have started to make lists and have to check off the most important things on the top of the list first before continuing to do the more fun things.?

  • treehugger90

    I agree with you. I think if we didn’t act like we were interested, they would forget. But if we keep showing that that we are, we will most likely will get the job!

  • Connor Driscoll

    First impressions are definitely important and that is why you must look presentable as well. Regardless what you are actually like on a daily basis, the judgments are already made after one day so you must be on your “A” game.

  • schrammjm26

    Jessica, I am curious as well about a couple of specifications with following up. I’d assume to answer your question that the sooner the better to show that they are a priority to you. This leads into my question which is do you send a follow up email the same night as the interview to show that your are time efficient and they are important to you, or do you send a hand written follow up that is more personal and shows more effort but could take a couple days to get there which could be after the time they make their hiring decision? Also whats your thoughts on handwritten letters as far as convenience? I know some people think that regular male is just a hassle since they have a hundred things to do in the morning.

  • Tammy Hartmann

    Verity, thank you for the article. The four ways are very simple, and seems simple—however, of course, many may not feel comfortable or natural about selling themselves even if they are more than qualified. They also are not mind readers and don’t always know what interviewers look for.

    Is it better to approach the interviewer via email or via letter? How soon should you follow up after an interview?

  • Chris Williams

    This is a great article! Very helpful. I never really thought about the first piece of advice you listed. It makes perfect sense though, why wouldn’t you do that? If I was interviewing someone and they had zero knowledge about the company and its competitors, I think I would be almost offended. The one being interviewed needs to show interest in the company. I would not want to hire someone that is just looking for a place to make money; I would want to hire someone that has a passion for what the company stands for/does. Do you have any other advice on how to make yourself memorable during the interview? Tips on dress, mannerisms, communication?

  • Jessica Walker

    Personally, I find hand written “old fashioned” mail to be more thoughtful and actually take the time to read it compared to an email. You are taking the time to write it yourself, find a stamp and envelope and mail it to the person directly. Maybe in this type of situation, to avoid the couple day gap, you could also hand deliver the letter to take the next step to show how dedicated you are.

  • kolinjk29

    Definitely agree with you that people that are applying for a job at a particular company should do there homework and have an idea about what the company is. I can relate to this working in the service industry I have had to hire many people at my job. I recently had an individual come in for an interview and had no idea what kind of restaurant it was or any idea of the type of food we served. I personally didn’t find it insulting, but if I was an owner of a company I would want the person who comes to the interview to be able to answer some questions about the company and have some idea of what they are. It looks bad and it limits what you have to talk about during the hiring process. It also shows little motivation as to why they want to work at that particular place.

  • Connor Driscoll

    Tammy, I often wonder the same thing concerning when to follow up. You don’t want to be too pushy but at the same time want to make it known that you value the position. Not sure if there is a correct answer to this question. I guess it just depends on the person.

  • Josh Pritchard

    Katie I am right there with you. Graduation is right around the corner. I am looking for internships, looking to interview for jobs. It just doesn’t seem real. But this article gave me some insight on what to look for and how to interview. The 4 tips were great and you can expect me to use them when I am interviewing later on in life. Thanks for the article Verity!

  • GrycowskAJ17

    Yeah I can say I’ve seen this for jobs with candidates that I didn’t think would be in the running. These candidates kept the employer interested and ended up getting the job.

  • giorgiogmr

    Definitely agree with you Jessica. I believe studying the company’s history, problems, competitors, and going through their website is a key component to make the interviewers end in “wow.” I have to say, making a fake script could also be a key component to nail an interview. It’s a good idea to prepare some answers for possible questions. Following up is also crucial after an interview. It’ll create an instant rapport for the interviewers and they will appreciate more our effort.

  • treehugger90

    It has a lot to do with attitude! I as well see it at my jobs. Every employer I talk to that I work for, always says that they look for people that are going to care about the business. Which I see why because when you get some people that don’t care, they will just half ass it and not do a good job.

  • turbo_frey

    Being confident in the position you are interviewing is what truly sets you apart from others. The best way to increase confidence is by doing the necessary research to help you gain more knowledge on both the business and the position itself. Confidence helps to show your interest in such positions, however, confidence should always we monitored. Too much confidence can also be a bad thing. Taking the time to prepare yourself will always be beneficial though in some way while interviewing for a certain position.

  • turbo_frey

    You’re welcome Haley. The right amount of confidence will always set you apart from others. If you are willing to take the time to get to know more about a business or position, the employers will be more willing to take the time to get to know you better and give you a possible opportunity. The same goes with speeches and presentations like you said. With more practice and research, comes more confidence and the higher likelihood of you doing a better job and getting a better evaluation.

  • PKroening

    Thanks for sharing! I totally agree with the last point you made. By following up it shows that you really care. Although, a lot of times when people follow up they feel like they are just nagging what cold be their future employer. What do you think are some good things to ask the interviewer after your done as a follow up?

  • PKroening

    Agreed. I have read plenty of articles that try to get one ready for the process of an interview but this is probably the best. The follow up might be one of the most crucial yet underrated components of an interview.

  • PKroening

    Completely agree. Also this would help for people who are a little bit more on the shy side. By knowing what you’re going to say it will make conversation flow a lot smoother and make you sound confident and knowledgeable at the same time.

  • PKroening

    Great point. These are four simple steps that could be taken in order to get your foot in the door or even better get a job in your field.Four very simple steps that put you into the next step of your life.

  • PKroening

    Agreed. If you and prepared and confident that alone could possibly get you a job.

  • PKroening

    I have also choked in an interview once. After reading this article it has put things into such simple terms for me. Four easy steps that could have landed me a very ice job.

  • Daniel John

    I agree that this is a very helpful post, everyone will have to learn these skills before a job interview. These tips will bring you above the competition because people without interview experience will be at a disadvantage. I understand dress attire is important in a job interview and I understand you are going into physical education; what would you where for a job interview? I personally think business casual is the most appropriate style in physical education.

  • jack lomax

    This is a very helpful article! I completely agree with this method, although I have to say I am guilty of dressing up a strength as a weakness. It has usually worked for me personally, but I’ve never thought about what I’d say if someone turned around and told me to give a different answer! So that is very helpful to know so I can be fully prepared. I’ve also never followed up an interview right away. I have followed up a few days later so I’ve given the employers enough time to delegate, but good to know that an immediate follow up would be more effective. I guess it makes sense. Shows you are eager for the job. But how soon is too soon? The second I walk out of the door, surely an email sent then would just be obnoxious??

    One thing that I feel is something that you need is confidence. Not too much confidence, where you are laid back in the chair and coming across as cocky, is obviously a NO GO! I’d immediately think ‘douchebag’. But being confident in your answers and the way you present yourself would surely put you above other interviewees as more memorable.

  • Chris Williams

    yes! i agree that if i was an owner of a company i would have the person being interviewed answer some questions about the company. I would also do my very best to tell them what i think the company is and explain to them why they are being interviewed. The more the knowledge about something or someone the better.

  • Angela Hoch

    Jessica, I also find a hand written letter to be a lot more thoughtful and I think it means more to someone in the end. It can show that you truly care about wanting your message to be personal.

  • Daniel John

    I agree with you Connor, I have learned a lot from this article as well. It will make me more prepared for whatever possible question that might arise. My only problem is what I should wear to an interview. As a physical education major should we dress bussiness casual or fancier?

  • Daniel John

    I agree that you should come prepared to a job interview. It would be very disrespectful to go into a job interview knowing nothing about the company. The hardest question for me in an interview would be my greatest weakness. I would want to say a logical answer but not something that would make me look like a bad choice. What would you say if you were asked that in an interview?

  • Daniel John

    Drew, I wasn’t aware of how soon to send a follow up either. I also will review this before a job interview as well. What is your biggest fear in a interview?

  • Daniel John

    Tyler, I agree this was a great article and I have also learned a lot from it. That’s cool that your follow up you sent it separated you from the rest. I hope some day this helpful hit helps me as well. What would you say your biggest weakness is if asked in an interview?

  • Drew

    My biggest fear is obviously not impressing my interviewers! Of course i would love to score that job but i also don’t know what i would truly say about my weaknesses. As you see in her article she said don’t give a strength as your weakness. Well that right there is extremely difficult when your trying to impress them and be above the rest of the competition

  • Austin Dorman

    Thank you very much for this article and all of the valuable information. Great article! I have always been told to list one of your weaknesses as a strength, but I never really understood the point in it. I especially like this article because I will soon be looking for professional jobs and these are 4 simple skills that I need to perfect before an interview. Again thank you for sharing!

  • Austin Dorman

    I had a similar situation happen to my roommate where they asked him a question about one of their competitors and he had no clue. They really liked his personality but could tell that he didn’t do his homework on the company. This obviously turned them off of him. It’s definitely a good tactic to work on before a big job interview.

  • Austin Dorman

    I’ve actually wondered that same question. The position my dad is in at his job he hosts a lot of interviews, and I asked him the approximate length of an interview. He said obviously it varies from job to job, but most professional jobs tend to be a little longer. I got very nervous once when I had a job interview barely last 5 minutes, and yet I still managed to get the job.

  • Austin Dorman

    Yes they do seem like very common sense tactics, but I hear all too often about people who forgot one of these steps. For example, I had a roommate who had an interview and he said it was going great until they asked him a question about their competitors. He obviously hadn’t done his homework on their company and had no clue how to answer. This immediately turned them off of him. So yes I agree with you when you say that every one just needs some reminders of these steps.

  • Austin Dorman

    I have done some mock interviews just with friends or fellow employees and they tend to help me. They just get me used to answering job related questions on the spot and thinking out thoughtful and meaningful responses. I have always been a pretty good at being interviewed, but I think that mock interviews have definitely helped me hone my skills.

  • Jessica Walker

    I have heard of making up a fake script or thinking of questions that could be potential during the interview. Another thing I heard of related to phone interviews –which are becoming more and more common. One of my roommates told me that it is a good idea to talk in front of a mirror if you are on a phone interview. Since you are lacking the human interaction, you have to make sure you are still expressing yourself with your emotions as well. A lot of the time over phone, we lose a lot of that because we can’t physically see the person. She brought up a good point: you can almost hear when people are smiling on the phone. So if you are making sure to act as if having a real conversation, you will be better off.

  • Branden Unger

    This article is very insightful. I really agree with the four pieces of advice given here on some things that are simple, yet many people overlook them and sometimes it is at the expense of them not getting the job. I can see how doing your research before you arrive at the interview can make you a real stand out candidate for the job. I will also have to keep in mind to make sure to follow up appropriately after an interview to make myself stand out in their minds and remain relevant. Thank you for the advice!

  • Alivia Holman

    I agree with you Austin! I thought this article was very insightful. I tend to make my weakness look like my strengths. I am glad that I came across this article.