10 Killer Interview Tips

Interview Tips

Interview TipsIt’s almost spring which means it’s time to start that summer job hunt if you haven’t already. An interview is key – it will make or break you. If you’re lucky enough, you will land one of these bad boys and they can be pretty intimidating. But have no fear! Here are 10 ways you can nail your interview…

1. Arrive early

This means you need to be walking into the office, café, wherever the interview is, at the very least ten minutes early. Be sure to factor in traffic and parking! If you’ve never been there before, do a test drive the week leading up to the interview. Look up directions and know where you’re going ahead of time so you won’t get lost.

2. Dress to impress

You can never be overdressed for an interview. Always lean towards the more formal side unless the interviewer has specified otherwise. You can never go wrong with some straight-leg slacks, clean blazer, white blouse, and maybe a statement necklace for a little fun pop of color. Stay away from cotton, denim, wild prints, sleeveless tops, loads of makeup, and cleavage.

3. Have your resume printed and in a folder

This is something people commonly overlook. Just because you applied for the job and got called back for an interview does not mean that they have your resume on hand for reference. This way, when talking about your accomplishments or experience, you can easily point to them on your resume. The folder will keep the page flat, clean, and free from wrinkles. It’s best for interviewer to hang onto the resume after the interview, but sometimes they don’t have a bag or anything to hold your resume in – the folder provides them with that.

4. Do your research

Know the company’s mission statement, understand the specific requirements of the position you applied for, and know the interviewer’s background and position at the company.

5. Shake their hand

Okay, you may think I’m silly for even having to remind you of this, but when you first meet your interviewer, make eye contact, shake their hand firmly, and smile. So many people get discouraged because the interviewer doesn’t stick their hand out first. If that happens, take the initiative. This will prove your confidence and professionalism. First impressions are vital in an interview. Stand up, look them in the eye, and reach your hand out.

6. Ask questions

Interviewers love to ask “So, do you have any questions for me?” Sure, you may not really have any questions, but you should have a couple in your back pocket for times like these. Ask about the company culture, the interviewer’s position in the company, what they’re looking for in a new hire, etc. This will show your interest in the company and the job. Don’t ask questions that could be answered by a Google search though!

7. Have specific examples ready

When you’re talking about your skills and qualities as an employee, be ready with a few concrete examples that support your statement. If you claim to be a problem solver, provide a specific example of a time you came up with a solution to an issue. Without evidence, it’s just empty words.

8. Avoid rambling

Don’t lose track of time when you’re talking. Yes, the interviewer is ultimately there to hear about you. However, they’re not there to hear a monologue. Avoid bragging about yourself for too long. Say everything with purpose and keep it concise.

9. Email them immediately after

Send them an email within 5 hours of finishing the interview. Thank them by name and reiterate why you want the position. This should be a total of five sentences tops.

10. Send a handwritten note the next day

Yep, you are thanking them twice. Sending a handwritten note takes much more time and thought. It will genuinely set you apart from your competition!

I hope these tips help you nail your next interview and land the job! Comment below if you have any other tips.

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  • I love this. It’s great advice and it is all so true! Great post, Madeleine! xx

    • Thank you so much!! I’m glad you think so – I really hope it helps people (: Interviews can be so scary, but little tricks like these really make a difference.

      TL&M xo

      • I completely agree! I know I personally tend to get really nervous so these little tips help me stay calm and confident. Thank you!! And tons of TL!

        xx Christine

  • Great tips! Thanks for sharing!


  • Great tips. I’m not sure if the last applies to all jobs and locations, but I guess it would be nice.
    Do you want to follow each other on Bloglovin?


    • Lubka,

      Yeah, I see your point. Maybe not necessarily an extremely formal company. But I do think there’s something to be said about sitting down and putting a pen to paper.

      I also just followed you on Bloglovin! (:

      Thanks! xo Madeleine