Still hoping to land an interview for the job of your dreams? Now is the time to take action--and make sure you have what it takes to nail that interview once you get it. In 3 Vital Interview Skills You Need To Get Your Dream Job, we covered what we believe are the top 3 skills you can work on building right away--and here, we're covering three more crucial skills you can perfect in advance so you don't break out in a cold sweat in the hours before your interview.
1. Work on Your Social Media Image
Though your LinkedIn profile can be a vital part of getting the job you want, it's not the only place where social media and your professional life will cross paths. Most employers do a little Facebook or Twitter stalking of their own while considering potential candidates, so if there's anything within public view that paints you in a less-than-honorable light, now is the time to clean it up (or dramatically revise your privacy settings). Make sure to go through your profile pictures and any other photos that are viewable by the public (or even by mutual friends), and if there's anything there you wouldn't want a prospective supervisor to see, get rid of it. Social Sweepster claims to do a lot of the dirty work for you by scanning your posts for anything containing profane language or references to drug use, but the best way to make sure your online image is squeaky clean is to do it yourself--long before your interview.
2. Dress Smart
This might not seem like a "skill" to perfect in advance of your interview, but if you wait until the last minute to address it, you're more likely to deal with wardrobe anxiety--or to find out too late that your one great "interview suit" has a coffee stain, a loose hem, or a missing button. Once you land an interview, you'll want to find out how the people who already work there dress--even if it means sitting at the coffee shop across the street so you can observe the fashion choices of those going in and out. But long in advance, you can groom your wardrobe to include a few professional, conservative, tailored pieces that fit you well--and make you feel great. On interview day, you'll want freshly-manicured nails, a fresh haircut, and clothes that you already know lend you a feeling of confidence.
How to Dress For An Interview, Monster
3. Build Your Job Skills Now
Even if your current job is as different from your dream job as Earth is from Jupiter, you can put in the work to build your dream job skills today. Make a list of the skills you'll need in your dream job, and go beyond the obvious ones. For instance, a content marketer will need great communication skills, creativity, and the ability to work with a team of writers, designers, and web developers--but they'll also need a sense of humor, a breadth of understanding for the way major companies handle their advertising campaigns, an eye for great design, and some knowledge about SEO, social media marketing, and the structure of commercial websites. These are all skills you can work on now, even if your day job has little to do with marketing. By going out of your way to work on those skills now, you'll give yourself solid fodder for your interview to demonstrate just how passionate you are.
Do you have any tips to add to the list? Let us know how you prepared for some of the biggest interviews of your life--or ways you wish you'd prepared in advance.