As we all know, an interview can be one of the most intimidating things you do when looking for a new job.
Before getting to an interview, you need to have a resume to talk for you. However, resume writing is a skill you can delegate to someone else. But interviewing is something only you can do, so it’s a critical skill to master.
Interviews are somewhat unpredictable. You cannot know for sure what questions you’re going to be asked, and you might be asked to write code on the spot—a scary proposition for many.
But what if there was a way to “hack” the interview so that it was basically a formality?
You might expect me to go in-depth into the strategy for passing a
technical interview here, but instead, I’m going to focus on
something much more important. I’m going to help you gain an advantage
that will make it, so the cards are in your favour before you even get
into the interview.
The Quickest Way to “pass” an Interview
Imagine this scenario: you walk into a job interview, shake the interviewer’s hand, and as he looks at you, his face lights up with an impression of knowing you. Like if they say, “Hey, I know you.”
If that happens during an interview, what do you think your chances of
getting offered the job are?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you can get hired for a job by
not representing skills you don’t have and just being famous or friendly.
But what I am saying is that there are many technically competent
developers who are applying for a single job, and the most significant factor determining which one gets it isn’t technical ability.
To put it simply, the quickest way to pass an interview is to get the
interviewer to like you. There are many ways to do this,
most of which can be done before the interview even starts.
The key to “hacking” the interview is to start thinking about a strategy
for the interview before it begins.
Let me Tell u How I got my current job
For my current job, I wasn’t looking for any. However, I’ve got a message from the recruiter with a very tempting offer on Linkedin. He persuaded me to give him a call and chat about it. I remember that he told me, Mandy, you don’t lose anything if you attend the interview – he was very good at his job.
So, he managed to get me into the interview, which was an absolute formality. I also could negotiate my salary package with $15000 above the original offer because I knew they want me 🙂
What could be better than this ?!
Make Yourself Known
I came up with three main things to make you known to your interviewer by leveraging Linkedin:
- Present Yourself professionally
- Expand your network
- Get Recognized
It’s no secret that LinkedIn is the top professional social networking site with 133 million users in the U.S. alone and reaching 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Per surveys, 87% of recruiters and hiring managers use LinkedIn as part of their candidate search. Therefore, It’s crucial to:
- Treat your LinkedIn profile as your online resume.
- Professional photo
- Comprehensive about current skills and objectives.
- Highlight recent experience.
- Add as many as details you can.
- Show a good reputation
- Get as much as recommendation possible.
- Be active on LinkedIn and authentic and current.
- Post any articles you write, videos you post, and so on.
- Build Recognition –
- Get involved with groups and interact with others on LinkedIn. The more you interact and post as a professional, the more you’ll be noticed.
- Expand your network:
- Follow the companies you’re interested in.
- Get involved in LinkedIn Professional Groups: This will help expand your network, show your expertise (when you engage in online conversations and answer questions that come up), and possibly connect you to the organizations you want to work for in the future.
- Research your future boss and executive team. Before going in for an interview, you can use LinkedIn to research hiring managers and interviewers to find out about their likes, interests, and more. Then, you can leverage this information to create relatability and show that you’ve done your homework during your interview.
You’ll still have to prove that you’re actually technically competent, but
if you can convince the interviewer that you are a go-getter who
doesn’t let any obstacle stop you, not only they will probably like you,
but there is a good chance they’ll hire you as well.
Now, What Do You Need to Do?
- Jump on your LinkedIn and update your profile.
- Build up the good reputation
- Present your skill and knowledge by posting
- Interacting with your network
- Expanding your network
And that’s it, for your following interview you will be a very well-known face.