7 Tips to Help You Slay Your Job Interview

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Got an interview coming up? Nice work, you. Getting through the door to the interview round is half the battle. But, just because you have the opportunity to show your stuff in person doesn’t mean you should relax. Even if you’re not 100% sure if this is the right job for you, give yourself the opportunity to say no to a job, rather than getting turned down because you were unprepared.

You’ve done the hard part: all the networking, actual work, and preparation that’s led you to this point. Now, go forth and slay that interview. Here our 7 tips for how to be #flawless.

Let go of your Imposter Syndrome.

According to the International Journal of Behavioral Science, 70 percent of millennials suffer from impostor syndrome, or the mistaken belief that you’re not as talented, qualified, or capable as you think you are. Imposter syndrome affects everyone from Maya Angelou to Emma Watson.

Spoiler alert: you are great. Really, really great. Job interviews are almost guaranteed triggers for imposter syndrome, and if you’re feeling a crisis in self-confidence before walking through that door, take some time to face down those nagging doubts. Remind yourself of your unique talents — you bring something to the table that no one else does. BULLIT helps you build a profile that reflects just that: the qualities and skills that make you the best at what you do. When that inner critic creeps up on you, check out your reviews and feedback to remind yourself of your true talent.

“Dress for Success”

Before you roll your eyes and close this tab, hold up: we’re not repeating the tired old admonition to “dress for the job you want not for the job you have.” Please.

Many a career advice expert has weighed in with what you should wear and how you should look when going into a job interview. Everyone has an opinion on what you should wear to get hired, as if the style, color, cut, wrinkled-ness, amount of pet hair, trendiness, type of cologne or perfume, and accessories somehow have more impact on your candidacy than your actual skills. Remember that guy who recommended that women not wear big engagement rings to their job interview for risk of seeming “high maintenance”? Gotta love that level of sexism.

The truth is that you should try to make a good first impression when going in for a job interview, the same way you would with anyone you’re meeting in a professional setting. When we say dress for success, we mean you should dress in a way that makes you feel confident and successful. And, if you don’t get hired because of your huge diamond, is that really a company where you’d want to work anyway?

Don’t hide who you really are.

If you get the job offer, and take it, you’re going to be spending a lot of time with the people interviewing you. Showing up to the interview as authentically as possible can help you better find the right fit for your personality. As career strategist Rajiv Nathan notes, if you hide who you are in interviews, you’re only doing yourself a disservice. He explains, “stop dividing work life from home life, and acknowledge that you’re one person at the end of the day. Share who you are as a person, don’t just share the role you think the company’s trying to cast for its ‘play.’”

The same way you would dress in a way that’s true to you, bringing your personality to the table is the best way to find a career that makes you really happy. BULLIT can help you build a profile that shows how what makes you really tick is a professional asset.

Focus on what interests the interviewer.

One of the most common interview questions is “why don’t you tell me about yourself?”. We can almost guarantee that’s how the conversation with your interviewer will start. There’s a trick to answering this one that will help you nail this interview from the outset.

CEO headhunter Carol E. Curtis says when someone asks you about yourself, what they really want to know is how you are going to help them. “Do not dwell on your personal history — that is not why you are there. Start with your most recent employment and explain why you are well qualified for the position. The key to all successful interviewing is to match your qualifications to what the interviewer is looking for. You want to be selling what the buyer is buying.”

How do you know what the buyer is buying? Do your research before you enter the room. BULLIT can give you deeper insights into how your interviewer operates — their leadership style, trustworthiness, and reviews by those who work with them. Giving yourself deeper insights into their workstyle can help you identify how your unique profile matches their needs. Go with that.

Know your stuff.

Do your research about the company and interviewer — see previous point — but know your stuff about yourself. Many interviewers do this thing called “backchannel reference checking” at some point during the interview process. This is when a call is made to a former colleague or other professional connection that you may or may not have listed as a reference to learn more about what you’re really like to work with. It’s the professional reputation grapevine and it operates without your active involvement. Unfortunately, hiring managers make decisions based on these references all the time.

BUT. If you know your stuff, there should be no surprises what anyone is saying about you. BULLIT gives you a way to collect anonymous feedback from your professional network about your performance. Ask for reviews, and the anonymity will free your connections to give you an honest snapshot of where you stand. You control your profile: if the honesty is a little too honest for you, hide or flag whatever you don’t wish to show. At least when you go to an interview, you’ll know what’s coming: the good and the bad.

Get your online house in order.

93% of hiring managers check up on your social media profiles before making a hiring decision. That’s a stone-cold fact that you’re well aware of at this point, and you’ve probably already prepared for someone to look for drunk photos of you on Facebook. There’s nothing worse than going into an interview and being undermined by your own Facebook page.

We have all heard the same advice time and again: clean up your social media profiles so they don’t hurt your chances of getting (or keeping) your dream job. But again: why can’t we show our professional networks who we are as real people? It seems like the professional world wants us to pretend we aren’t real people with real personalities. Why do we accept this as a rule?

That’s what BULLIT was made for. Show some personality when recruiters go looking for it. It will make your interview that much stronger. We promise.

Say thank you.

A little gratitude goes a long way. You could (and should) send a nice follow-up email thanking someone for their time. If you were really impressed, you could also give someone a positive review on BULLIT. Professional karma, if you will.

Now, go out there and SLAY.