Preparing for a job interview isn’t too tough. You already know the basics: Dress up, Google the company, don’t show up sipping a Frappuccino. But there are a few more tricks for less conventional job interviews that you may not necessarily be aware of. Here are ways to nail a job interview that have nothing to do with picking out the right blazer.
1. Set up Google alerts for the company for a week before the interview. Stalk news about your potential employer, not just general information about the company. You’ll impress your interviewer more if you call back to a story on the company’s new CEO that was in Forbes two weeks ago than if you recite back something you read about them on Wikipedia.
2. Silence all your devices and close out of your browser. This seems like a no-brainer, but if you have a phone or Skype interview, a lot of people forget to do this. Just because you’re not physically in the room on a job interview doesn’t mean you don’t have to be present. Getting a text or hearing a Facebook notification can be distracting for both you and your interviewer. It’s one thing if you want to have your or her LinkedIn pages open and another to be bombarded with cat memes from your Trump-supporting cousin in Nebraska.
3. Clean up! Whether your job interview is in your potential employer’s office or via Skype on your couch, tidying up is essential. You’ll present an organized workspace if it’s via Skype and feel calm and collected (and not panicking over your missing keys) if it’s in person later on.
4. Send a handwritten thank you note. These are increasingly rare, which means you’ll stand out even more if you do it! Get some neutral, not-too-loud stationery and put a pen to paper. Write it as soon as you get home so you can mail it immediately!