Updated: Sep 14, 2020
So, your resume has landed you a job interview, and now it’s time to prepare.
Fortunately, Google gives thousands of interview tips you probably already know. But, smart employers are now getting smarter.
Instead of asking common questions, they now want to know the candidate as a person. So, you also have to be a smarter candidate.
Here, we are going to share with you 4 lesser-known job interview tips you might not know:
# Clean Your Profile on Social Media
A 2018 CareerBuilder survey reports that 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the recruitment process.
This means when you apply for a job, make sure you clean your profile on social media platforms, especially on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Employers may develop a perception about you depending on the content you upload.
So be careful about the content you upload on social media because this will give an impression about you. Also, clean up if there is any such content.
# Try to Schedule for Tuesday at 10:30 AM
According to Glassdoor, Tuesdays are the most productive and energetic day of the week. And the ideal time for an interview is Tuesday at 10:30 AM. So, if you have control over your interview schedule, choose this ideal time.
Your interviewer has many emails, calls, and responsibilities to handle. So, you need to consider a schedule during which the interviewer is in a good mental state.
Other tips when scheduling an interview are:
· Avoid Mondays and Fridays
· Avoid first and last slots, and choose mid-mornings and early afternoons
· Arrive 25 minutes early
# Develop Your “Story Statement”
The first and most common question at interviews is “Tell me about you.”
It’s time to blow off the regular boring answer like, “I studied [major X] because I am passionate about the [industry Y]. I worked with [company Z]…”
Instead, interestingly tell your story. Here is an example:
“I grew up in England after immigrating to the United Kingdom when I was ten years old. With the support of my parents and high school teacher, I attended Imperial College London. Then I spent two years working with Allen & Overy law firm, which helped me realize that my passion for the industry…”
Your story should represent you as a person, not just a professional. It should intrigue and engage the interviewer, making them to predict the next chapter of your story.
# Seize “Ask the Question” Opportunity
At the end of the interview, you may be provided with an opportunity to ask a few questions. If you reach that stage, it means the interviewer is interested in you. And, you have to grab the opportunity to make the last good impression.
Ask questions that help you explore the opportunity for your personal and professional growth within the organization. Ask about the company’s goals and statistics.
Make sure you choose the best employer because they follow an ideal hiring process. Being a global recruitment and staffing company, YESA connects you with top employers worldwide. You can also learn from experts’ job hunting and interview preparation tips.