Got a big interview coming up? We’ve got you covered. Here are our tried-and-true tips on how to impress your hiring manager and land your dream job. 

Eye Contact And A Firm Handshake

There’s more to shaking someone’s hand than it just being our cultural standard greeting. It actually can say a lot about you. And since it’s probably a hiring manager’s first impression of you (other than glancing over your résumé) it can really set the tone for how the interview is going to go. People with firmer handshakes are perceived as more positive, outgoing and less socially anxious, according to a study reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. It’s also imperative to maintain eye contact. Eye contact signals that you’re confident — which is another quality hiring managers are on the lookout for.

Do Your Research

Just like you study for a test, you need to study for a big interview. Reading up on the history of the company and its most influential people (like CEOs, co-founders, etc.) is essential. It will show the hiring manager that you’re genuinely interested in the company, its values and its overall mission. It’ll also help you ask interesting, pointed questions, which leads us to our next point…

Fire Off The Hard Questions 

Hiring managers are going to be throwing some hardball questions at you, so why not do the same? Coming prepared with a set of questions shows you care that the job is right for you and not just the other way around. And like we mentioned in the point above, doing your research on the company or brand will help you ask specific questions which will show you’re knowledgeable of the company.

Brag Strategically 

PSA for all of you who are afraid to toot your own horn because you don’t want to seem like a narcissist: Your hiring manager wants to hear all of the great things you’ve done. So go ahead, brag about yourself! But do so strategically. There’s a difference between being a braggart and minimizing your achievements. When you’re listing off all of the things you’ve accomplished keep the emphasis on your hard work, don’t make comparisons to other people (“no one else got half as much work done as I have”) and explain how you’re grateful for the opportunities that have come about due to your work ethic.

Don’t Forget To Say Thank You 

No, you shouldn’t always take that last tequila shot and no, you shouldn’t always text your ex but you should always, always, ALWAYS follow up with a hiring manager and thank them for their time. Even if the interview went south, you should still take the time to write out an email to the people you met or interacted with during the process. There’s some debate as to whether it’s okay to send an email over a handwritten note. We suggest saying thanks via email because…there’s a reason it’s called snail mail.

Dress For The Job

“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” We don’t know who to attribute that quote to but we do know that it’s a popular one for a reason. Whether you like it or not, you will be evaluated on what you wear. Your outfit will be indicative of how much you care. If you want to work on Wall Street as an analyst wear a power suit to your interview. If you’re interviewing at a fashion magazine wear an outfit that you could see the Editor-In-Chief sporting. Finally, if you aren’t able to put together an outfit or look presentable that may signal that you aren’t able to perform larger, more important tasks.

Your Résumé Is Your Best Accessory

Last, but certainly not least, bring a hard copy of your résumé. No, this isn’t some antiquated advice from your parents that you should ignore. The hiring manager isn’t going to remember every detail about you from reading your résumé prior to the interview. Having your résumé right in front will allow them to ask you specific questions about your experiences and help facilitate the conversation. Also, if the hiring manager forgets to print out your résumé, you providing them with a copy will show you’re prepared and always thinking one step ahead.

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