5 Steps to Nailing Your Interview

Believe it or not, getting hired starts long before you walk through a hiring manager’s door for an interview, and I’m not referring to getting a good night’s sleep or eating a hearty breakfast. I am talking about the imprinting process; making a lasting impression by showing your enthusiasm for the job and dedication to the company. Anyone can take advantage of this process, all it takes is a little time and effort.


Step 1: Perfecting your submission


ScholarJet is the perfect platform for you to showcase your skills and stand out to employers. The companies that put up competitions on the platform are looking for an applicant exactly like you, a driven recent grad searching for an opportunity to make an impact at their company. All you have to do is select one of our current competitions and start working on your submission!

There are a few techniques you can utilize to get your submission noticed. 

  • Be sure to read the competition details carefully and go through the rubric. 
    • This will ensure that your submission contains exactly what the company is looking for. 
  • Secondly, spend time revising your work to eliminate any careless errors. 
    • This will show that your repertoire of skills, including attention-to-detail. 
  • Lastly, if you have any uncertainty or hesitation prior to submitting, reach out to us
    • If you don’t want to send an email, just click the chat button at the bottom-right corner of our page to contact us directly. Someone on the team will gladly assist with whatever is troubling you, whether it’s in a private meeting or during one of our fun-filled submission events in the ScholarJet office!

Step 2: Research


When you submit to a competition on the ScholarJet platform, you can rest assured that your hard work will be personally reviewed by the employer of your choosing. With that said, there are additional steps that you can take to increase your chances of getting hired. These companies are looking for someone who is passionate about their mission and is committed to their company.

You can show dedication in a number of ways; one of the most proven methods is research. The ultimate goal is to have knowledge of the company prior to contacting a recruiter, let alone arriving for your interview. The sort of information you should be looking for is not hidden, but rather is in plain sight. Try searching up the company on Google and checking out their recent news and looking through their social media accounts. Hone in on recent developments in your specific department and significant industry news in addition to indicators of the company’s values, mission and culture.


Step 3: Outreach


Every recruiter’s dream is to have the ideal candidate show up at their doorstep, and this is your chance to give them exactly that. The prospect of reaching out to a recruiter without any prior contact or introduction may seem uncomfortable, but it is much less painful than you may think.

If you don’t have the recruiter’s contact information already, you can go on the company’s LinkedIn page and use keywords to search for people who may be involved with the hiring process. Once you find someone who fits the criteria, you simply send them an invitation to connect along with a short message. This message should include a request to chat, over the phone or via email, about the company and position the competition is geared towards. This is a great way to get your foot in the door and show your eagerness to get involved and learn more.


Step 4: Initial Contact


Once a recruiter contacts you, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when composing your reply. Firstly, make sure you write your messages in a professional manner. Hear me out; this does not mean that you need to be using unnecessarily long words like “elaborative” or “advantageous”. It just means you are starting emails with “Dear Mr. (Last Name),” and avoiding the use of slang words and acronyms. Trust me, it is possible to be professional and keep your personal flare.

Another important thing to consider is, you guessed it, grammar and spelling. This cannot be understated. Misspelling a recruiter’s name or consistently misusing punctuation is a quick turnoff. You can easily avoid these mistakes by downloading tools like Grammarly; however, don’t rely on them. Review your messages several times prior to sending and, if possible, ask a friend/family member to help.

Lastly, do some more research! Search up information about the recruiter so you can understand their background prior to any conversations with them. In doing so, you will be prepared to ask them questions about their careers. Studies show that talking about oneself activates the same part of the brain as eating delicious food and having sex, making this a spectacular way to make a lasting impression.


Step 5: Follow-Up


Ideally, your conversation went well and now is your chance to reassure the recruiter that you were engaged the entire time. These emails are fairly straightforward but they should not be taken lightly. Be sure to include your name in the subject line (e.g. Thank You – Tuan Ho), thank them for their time and insight, and elaborate on a few of the main talking points from the conversation. This is much easier if you take notes while the other person is talking, which is a great option if you are chatting over the phone. Overall, portray your appreciation and mindfulness.


So what should you take from this?


Nobody will ever master the art of networking. There is no such thing as a perfect way to communicate; all you can do is conduct yourself in a way that is highly noticeable and respectable. The tips in this article will be beneficial but they cannot guarantee a job offer. The only guarantee that you can truly count on is that, by engaging on the platform on a consistent basis, the ScholarJet team will do everything they can to put you in a position to be successful in the career of your choosing.