#TuesdayTips - Leveraging LinkedIn to Prep for your Interview

May 16, 2017

You’ve successfully landed an interview. Now what? Time to get prepared to make sure you have the winning interview formula. Here are three ways LinkedIn can help you nail it:

1. Find common ground. Start the interview off the right way by finding common ground. Do your homework to warm up the conversation, so you don't have to start an awkward conversation about the weather. Check out your interviewer’s LinkedIn profile to see if you have any connections in common, maybe you went to the same school, or maybe you follow the same influencers.

2. Demonstrate you're perfect for the team. Not surprisingly meshing with a company’s culture and team is key for employee happiness and morale. Take the time to find out what makes your team and company tick by going through their Company Page on LinkedIn. At LinkedIn we are encouraged to dream big and to know how to have fun. No surprise that when we interview new team members we love hearing examples of how they are doing just that. Use these insights to prepare a few examples that demonstrate you're going to be a great fit.

3. Relationships matter. We all instinctively know this, but make sure to leverage connections that have affiliations with the company or currently work there. Understanding what business problems the company is trying to solve or having an inside view of what it's like to work there will help you feel more confident during the interview. Reach out to those connections to put in a good word for you and don't be shy to message them questions about the company.

Job interviews don’t need to be scary if you do your homework. All it takes is a little research on LinkedIn to make a good first impression.