While so much of your energy looking for premium entry level jobs and paid internships after college seems to go to sending out applications, you also need to prepare yourself for the moment when you finally earn that first interview. When you’re speaking with a hiring manager, you need to find ways to truly impress him or her in order to separate yourself from the other candidates. Here are some tips to get started.
It might seem like a simple suggestion, but frequently using your interviewer’s name throughout the meeting can have a dramatic effect on your odds of success. By addressing the hiring manager by name occasionally throughout the meeting (don’t overdo it), you’ll emphasize a personal connection with him or her – making you a more memorable and agreeable applicant.
Know the business
While you should definitely brush up on general company information before heading into the interview, knowing details and news related to ongoing projects will make you seem to be a more ambitious candidate. Prepare a few bullet statements about what you admire about these initiatives and how you feel you could contribute to them.
Many interviewers expect you to ask your own questions at the end of your meeting. While the majority of these questions should be business related, consider peppering in a few personal questions about the hiring manager’s own professional experience with past job and the current company. People love to talk about themselves and employers are no different.