Ways to Hack Your Next Job Interview

Job seekers consistently stress about landing a job interview, but they often forget about the process of preparing for the actual interview. From dressing right, to researching the company and interviewer thoroughly, to asking the appropriate and well-founded questions, job interviews can be as stressful as that waiting period after you initially submit your resume.

Interviewing is a skill that can be mastered by practice and training. It’s also one of the most important skills needed for career success. Remember, your resume is only as good as your ability to convey it in real time. The interview is an opportunity for your personality to shine and show why you are the perfect candidate for the position and company.

During the job interview, the prospective employer is determining the following:

  • Do you match the skills of the position?
  • Does your personality and attitude align with the company’s culture?
  • Can you help the company grow and be more profitable?

The idea is to match skills with cultural fit and results through experience.

Dress for the Job You Want

Impressions are made within the first 60 seconds of someone meeting you.  It’s often said that if you’re wearing something that makes you feel confident, you will exude confidence in return. If you’re preparing for an upcoming job search, now might be a great time to consult with a personal stylist to get a heads up on what style of business attire looks best on you for that interview. Depending on the industry, the interview may require a more conservative appearance or may allow for a more relaxed appearance with a mix of colors. The idea is to balance your own style with the company’s image.

Preparation is Key

The average job interview lasts for 40 minutes, which is a very short time to impress the interviewer and market yourself adequately.

Preparing for an interview is just as important as what you say during the interview.  The more information you have before the interview, the better prepared you will be as well as more apt to tackle questions asked at the interview.

Always research the company (LinkedIn and Glassdoor are great sites for this), find out who your interviewer is (and research him/her), research the position thoroughly, and assess your strengths/skills in comparison to the job posting. Most importantly, review examples from your career trajectory that provide concrete evidence of your skills. Master your elevator pitch. Know the difference between personal skills and knowledge-based skills. This way, when you are asked to explain “a time when…” in your career, you will offer up a response that evidences both personal skills (facets of your personality) and knowledge-based skills (results through experience).

Consider asking about growth potential, what the interviewer enjoys most about the company, and the progression of the interviewer’s career there. These types of questions/areas of focus show that you have an avid interest in the company, its own employees, as well as the potential person you would be working with. 

If you’re still struggling with interview preparation, consider investing in a career coach who can help you overcome the interview jitters, help you prepare for the most-pressing interview questions, and help propel your career success.


  • Wendi Weiner

    Personal Branding & Career Expert

    Wendi Weiner is an attorney and award-winning writer who has been featured in over 75 major media outlets (including CNN, HuffPost, Money, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Business Insider) as a top authority in personal branding, social storytelling, career strategy, and the job search process. As a solopreneur and owner of The Writing Guru, her trademarked namesake company, Wendi holds 6 certifications in resume writing, personal branding, career coaching, and a pioneer certification in LinkedIn training and usage. She is the country’s only Nationally Certified Resume Writer (NCRW) who is a licensed attorney, and she holds a pioneer certification in LinkedIn training and usage.   Wendi has been credited with more than 10 honors and awards for her ability to create powerful career and personal brands for attorneys, top executives, and C-suite leaders for their job search, LinkedIn presence, and digital footprint. She additionally provides high-impact content writing for corporations and major publications, and speaks on the global level about personal branding, resume writing, business professionalism, reputation management, and social networking.   Wendi's own career background includes serving as a college writing professor for 7 years while simultaneously practicing law for almost 12 years, both in big law and in-house for a Fortune 200 company. Wendi is an active member of the Florida Bar since 2004, and she holds a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and an undergraduate degree in English from Florida State University.