The job market is has been pretty weak for the past few years, which means that job hunting has become rough. With both employment rates and salaries dropping for new college grads, finding a rewarding job may be harder than you’d like. And the outlook isn’t much better for people already in the workforce-young professionals who’ve been laid off are in the same boat as new grads when it comes to finding work. Many people have returned to school through an online university or a local college to boost their resumes, which has improved the lot of some, but finding a job is still a challenge.
If you’re lucky enough to get an interview, you’ll need to be prepared for anything-and that includes some funky interview tactics. Crafting a plan for successful interviewing, from first contact to post-interview communication, is the best way to make sure you have a fighting chance at landing the kind of job you want.
Do your homework and research the company you’re interviewing with. This may mean scouring their website for the company’s history, e-mailing the HR director or interviewing rep for more information, or talking to current employees. Researching the company before your interview can also help you avoid being over- or underdressed-fewer companies are expecting suits and ties, and knowing the company culture ahead of time can help you fit in. What’s important is that you go into your interview knowing as much as you can about the company, the job opening, and how your potential job fits in with the company’s overall mission.