Interviewing for a new job can be scary. You want to make a good impression. You need to put your best foot forward, yet still be yourself.
As the Huddle family is growing, we are seeing hopeful candidates come through our doors on a regular basis. Each new candidate is very different from the last. I asked our Senior Vice President of Marketing, John Vaughn, his "must-do" list for prospective employees. He gave me a list of 5 things he always looks for.
So grab your pen and take note of these things if you want to stand out.
First things first.
Be on time.
On time may mean different things to different people. But here's the best way to make sure you make a good impression here at Huddle.
Arrive 30 minutes early, but do not walk in until 5 minutes before.
Here's why. We have a specific schedule for everyone who interviews here. Arriving a few minutes earlier is polite. It shows you have good time management skills. Too early though, and it throws things off on our end.
Pro tip: Use your 25 minutes in your car. Mentally prepare for the interview. Review your notes on the company and ready the questions you have for your interviewer.
This is a small thing you can do that will go a long way in making a great impression.
Bring something to write with and something to write on.
When you show up for the interview, you should be well-read. Do your due diligence.
Delve deep into the company's history, social media channels, websites, etc.
You should be able to explain what the company does and have a general idea of how they do it. Trust me, your interviewer(s) will be impressed with your knowledge.
This one goes hand-in-hand with researching. Show that you have a genuine interest in the company and a desire to learn more.
John's advice: Be ready with 5-8 questions to ask your interviewer based on your research.
If you come with no questions, it can come across like you're not well prepared.
Be engaging. Actively listen. Make eye contact when speaking and when being spoken to. Subtleties like nodding to show you understand and smiling go a long way.
John says, "It's true that some of these things seem basic. However, a lot of people are not doing the basics. If you do these things, you'll automatically stand out."
After the interview, make sure to send (or hand deliver!) a handwritten thank you note.
Hand writing a note may seem old fashioned, but that's the point. You want stand out above the emails and texts. Mention something specific to your conversation. If your interviewer mentioned an upcoming trip in your conversation, maybe add something like "I hope you have a great time on your trip to ___, I hear the ___ is worth seeing!"
Now you have our playbook.
These 5 things will help take you from meh to amazing!