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Want to wow your interviewer? Get to know a little bit about them! By discovering details about your interviewer, you can determine any common ground you may have. This makes it much easier to strike up a conversation and connect during an interview. And a good conversation will help you stay top-of-mind—even better if your interviewer feels they really hit it off with you! So what’s the best way to learn more about your interviewer?

You’re on a mission to learn more about a certain person—your interviewer! Just like an investigative reporter, there are five important steps to learn more and rock your interview. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Ask your recruiter. You need to know the name of the person interviewing you. The easiest way is to simply ask your recruiter. If they aren’t sure, you can contact the human resources department of the company you’ll be interviewing at.
  2. Do a Google search. Yes, that’s right; you can find a lot on Google! This could include clubs your interviewer is a member of, a personal blog page, races they’ve placed in, etc.
  3. Check social media. At the top of your Google search will be links to your interviewer’s social media pages. You can check LinkedIn to find their alma mater and cities they’ve lived and worked in. Facebook and Twitter may reveal topics they’re passionate about.
  4. Choose invigorating topics. There are a few topics most people love to talk about. These include: pets, movies, music, children, sports, shopping, food and TV shows. What tidbits can you uncover that you might have in common with your interviewer?
  5. Attempt to connect at the very beginning. Preferably within the first five minutes of your interview. Most likely, your interviewer will break the ice during this time and be a little conversational. Take advantage of this opportunity to bring up a common interest—just be sure to approach it in a nonchalant (i.e., un-creepy) way:
    1. Right: “I got to bed a little late last night because I was watching the Braves game! You wouldn’t happen to be a fan, would you?”
    2. Wrong: “I noticed on your Facebook page you’re a big fan of the Atlanta Braves.”

The internet is your friend

You have the power of technology at your fingertips, why not use it? Just 30 minutes and a little planning can yield valuable information that can make the difference between a so-so interview and a dynamite connection. So what are you waiting for?

Looking for your next position?

With interview skills under your belt, it’s time to find some job opportunities. And McGrath Systems can help! If you’re in the market for a new job in engineering, IT, human resources, administrative/clerical or light industrial, give us a call!

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