7 Things to Do Before and After Your Interview

Posted July 31, 2014 by Ali Lawrence in Career Moves
If probably feels like your life hangs on the outcome of that interview. All right, maybe not your life, but quite possibly your career dreams. Much of the time going to a job interview is a nerve-wracking experience, because there is little you can do to influence the questions your interviewer will ask, and if the company doesn’t like you—well, there is nothing you can do about that either. However, there are some little practical things that you can do to help increase your chances with the company you dream of working for. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Before the Interview

  1. Research the company  you are interviewing with. Exhibiting knowledge of their clients, values, employees, history, corporate structure and stock values can help set you apart from other interviewees who may not be as invested. Also, knowing about the company beforehand gives you the opportunity to form a list of intelligent questions to ask at the interview, and it also lets you form a concise, specific answer to the question of why you want to work there, showing your interviewers that you take the job and the company seriously.
  1. Search their social media to connect with several employees at the company. Exploring the company’s Facebook and YouTube profiles can give you some good information and help show your commitment to the company.When I interviewed with my current company, since I was applying for a marketing job, they asked me what I thought of their social profiles and what they could improve.

If you know with whom you will be interviewing, take the time to look up their LinkedIn accounts to see where they went to school and previous employers. You might find that you share common history that will help you connect on a different level with the person who could make or break your next career goal.

  1. Interact with their social media by retweeting, re-blogging and liking their posts. This will show you are excited and passionate about what the company is doing.
  1. Check your personal social media accounts. If your Facebook page should be rated R, then you need to close that account before you even apply for jobs, or at least make sure your privacy settings are updated so only specific people can view your posts.

Many employers really do look at social media accounts to get an idea of what a potential employee is like. Though it would be unethical of the company to friend you just to look at your profile, if you friend the person who is interviewing you or let your posts show publicly on your profile, then the content can easily be seen.

  1. Make sure you know something about the industry you are hoping to work in before you go to the interview. You should have an in depth understanding of what the company does and be able to discuss recent industry news. Looking knowledgeable will help you stay ahead of the game and stand out in a competitive field.

After the Interview

  1. Follow up with your interviewers as soon as possible. What you do after the interview can be just as important as what you do before the interview—maybe even more so with certain fields. After you have successfully completed the interview, it is important that you follow up with the person or people that interviewed you.

This is easily accomplished by sending a thank you note either by way of the postal service or through email. This is a great place to reiterate what you love about the company, why you are passionate about working there and to say thank you for offering you the chance to interview for the position. This is not a good way to nag about whether or not you will be offered the job.

  1. Stay connected to the company by commenting on their online posts in forums like Facebook, Twitter or the company blog. Offering intelligent replies to posts and sharing them are great ways to show you are still invested with the company and you would make a great addition to their team.

Whether you are interviewing for a job at a high-brow law firm or the local newspaper, it is always important to show you are excited about the opportunity. These seven steps are a great way to show your enthusiasm and keep your resume on top of the pile on the hiring manager’s desk.

About the Author

Ali Lawrence

Ali Lawrence is a content specialist for a web design company and blogs about online PR and marketing in her free time at MarCom Land. Her articles have been published by Brazen Careerist, Jobacle, and Business2Community. In her free time, Ali enjoys golfing, cooking healthy meals, and binge watching TV shows.