In order to ace your job interview, it is essential that you do your homework first by preparing for the interview in advance. Even if you’ve got the experience, the education, and the skills for the job, you need to stand out from the other interviewees. Today’s job market is fiercely competitive. Here are 3 simple and effective things to do before your appointment with the hiring manager so that you stay ahead of the competition.

  1. Review the Company’s Website

While it may seem obvious, many job seekers fail to prepare before they go to the interview. Becoming familiar with the company’s information on their site, is critical to landing the job. Read through all the tabs, don’t skim the webpages. Learn about the services the company provides and the company’s history and profile. Do read through their press releases and news or blog postings to learn about their recent accomplishments.

Gathering intelligence on the company will provide you with sufficient insight about the employer and help your responses during the interview process. Make sure to review the company’s leaders and management team profiles. This way, you’ll have the necessary details to ask the interviewer questions about their leaders and recent projects or new clients. It will boost your confidence and demonstrate you’re interested. The interviewer will likely rank you higher against the other candidates.

  1. Skills Matching and Updating Your Resume

Take the time again to thoroughly review the job description against your resume. You know that you already meet the requirements, but does your current resume reflect all of the job qualifications the employer is seeking? Are all your skills and experience precisely matching the job description? You may have the expertise, but if you have not listed it on your resume, it’s time to update your resume to include each specific job requirement for this position.

Your resume is not a “one-size-fits-all” resume. It may seem tedious to have to update for each job interview, but if you want to beat the competition, it should be customized to the specific job you’re interviewing for. And while you’re tailoring the resume, make sure to feature the key requirements at the top of your resume so that the interviewer can easily find these on the printed resume that you’ll bring to the interview.

  1. Clean Up Your Online Profiles

Lastly, it is always a good idea to have a clean and professional online profile. It’s no secret these days that the hiring manager/interviewer may google your name and search online for your social media profiles. You don’t have to go overboard deleting all of your “embarrassing” photos from one of your Spring Break vacations in Cancun, but it is a good idea to review your social media networks and clean them up a bit. Of note, now would be a good time to update your LinkedIn job profile. Expand your job descriptions, add your recently earned skills, new certifications, or awards, for instance. Add a professional photo while you’re at it. The differentiator is staying ahead of your peers is keeping your professional profile current and impressive. Show your worth!

You’ll make a good impression when you’re well prepared for a job interview. With the existing competitive job market, every detail matters. So now that you’ve done these 3 simple things, you’re that much closer to acing your interview.

About Centerline Staffing

Centerline Staffing is ahead of the curve. We are a technology company that’s owned and operated by IT professionals. We’ve made an investment in our future by launching our firm on a 100% cloud-based platform. Our data is secured in the cloud (using Microsoft Business Services) and accessible from any device no matter where we are, and it’s in real-time. Using Software-as-a-Serice (SaaS), we’re strategically positioned to grow as our customers grow while leveraging our own technology expertise. We function in a collaborative culture and SaaS is a resource tool that we employ to efficiently service our customers and quickly reach out to candidates. We have data immediately available from any device and location which frees up our time-to-response capability. We are personable and available as a result of using these efficient, cost-effective, and time-saving cloud-based solutions. Our innovative approach will transform the way companies operate and conduct business today.