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5 Tips for Nailing an Interview

Nikki Schlecker - WayUp Staff
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Published on December 6, 2014

Here at WayUp, we conduct countless interviews. We’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here are some fast tips to make sure you leave a great impression and score any job you want!

Tip 1: Do your research

Make sure you know what the company does and any recent news about it. It’s apparent within the first few minutes of an interview if you don’t fully understand the company. However, if you’ve done your research and there is still something you don’t understand, then feel free to ask your interviewer!

Tip 2: Get there on time

We’ve heard every excuse in the book here at HQ. Bottom line is to get there on-time. In fact, 5 minutes early if it’s an in-person meeting or video call. Whether it’s an in-person interview, phone, or video chat, keeping your interviewer waiting will never work in your favor.

Tip 3: Be clear and concise

Don’t ramble! Get your “about me” elevator pitch down to 2 minutes. This can cover past work and educational experiences and a peak into what you’re looking for next. Conversations are 2-sided, so make sure you give your interviewer a chance to talk!

Tip 4: Ask questions

On the note of 2-sided conversations, give your interviewer an opportunity to tell you about him/herself. Hear what he/she thinks will challenge you the most in this role, learn more about the company, and find out more about his/her background. The better questions you ask, the more likely you are to be remembered.

Tip 5: Follow up

Always make sure to grab a businesses card or get the contact info of your interviewer so you can circle back. Thank your interviewer for taking time out of their day to speak with you. Show them that the conversation you shared was meaningful by either reflecting on a point that was brought up, bringing something new to the table, or asking a question.
This blog post was written by Nikki, our Director of Growth, who has conducted over 300 interviews in the past 6 weeks.

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