Can you believe that 2019 is finally here? For many people, a new year is a great opportunity to explore the job market. If you’re looking to change things up this year, finding a new position is a fantastic way to find a career you’re truly passionate about our work for a new employer that has a great company culture.
But joining the job market can be overwhelming. Especially in this tight job market. In December of 2018, U.S. employers added an impressive 312,000 jobs. If you’re entering the job market this year, you have tons of options to choose from! With more jobs than workers to fill them, you will find yourself being called back for lots of job interviews. And in 2019, here’s how to nail them!
We talk about this all of the time, but you must do thorough research on your prospective employers. Before you go in for a job interview or pick up the phone for a screening, sit down and do some research online.
Your best friend when doing some due diligence on your prospective employer is LinkedIn. Jump onto LinkedIn and check out the company’s profile. There, you will find information about the company, see who works there, and get an idea of what the company culture is like. By looking at who works there, you may find that you are connected with someone who already works there, and you can reach out to them for a recommendation or some inside on the interviewers.
Don’t forget to check out their website and other social media platforms, too. These will give you better insight into what’s going on with the company. Plus, they can help give you some great talking points about the employer for your interview!
Ask thought-provoking questions
Even in this job market, you will be forgettable to hiring managers if you fail to ask solid questions in your interview. If you don’t come prepared with good questions, it illustrates that you either weren’t prepared or are uninterested in the position.
After your due diligence, you should easily be able to come up with a few solid questions. And by good questions, I don’t mean that you should try and stump the interviewer. But you want to ask questions that are thought-provoking and show that you did your homework.
If you need help coming up with some fantastic interview questions, here are a few of our favorites.
Write a killer thank you note
A quick and thoughtful thank you not is essential to seal the deal on any job interview. You want to write a thank you to each of the interviewers. If you don’t have their contact information, you can usually find them on LinkedIn or after a quick Google search. Don’t forget to send a custom thank you to each person!
Do you know what each interviewer will do once they receive your thank you message? Go and talk to the rest of their colleagues. This is your time to shine! By writing a personal thank you note that reflects on something from your interview, you will really wow your interviewers.
If you need some help writing a killer thank you note, we have a few tips for you.
The job market is crazy out there. You have tons of options and exciting new opportunities at your fingertips! If you nail that interview, you can start 2019 off on the right foot with a new job.