Interviewing in 2016: How It’s Changed and How It’s Remained the Same

While shopping, ordering food, and even dating has been simplified by the Internet, some things never change. When it comes to getting a job, you still have to send in an application and interview in person. However, with the world of technology infiltrating every other aspect of our lives, you may wonder just how social media savvy and Internet-friendly you need to be when looking for a job. Here’s how interviewing has changed in 2016 and how it’s still the same.

Once upon a time, if you had technology skills, you probably learned these in school. With the Internet now so pervasive, many people grasp basic HTML, social media usage, how to make a webpage, how to upload content, and more. If you possess these skills, don’t hide them. However, computer knowledge doesn’t benefit you with every type of job you may apply for. Make sure to highlight your skills as appropriate to the job.

While using QR codes and websites like LinkedIn to virtually showcase your resume is a popular trend, you should still bring a paper copy of your resume or portfolio with you during the interview. You can’t count on your hiring manager having computers or other devices in the interviewing room, so an old-fashioned hard copy of your credentials is best.

Although many jobs embrace the business casual look, until you’re a part of the company, dress to impress for an interview. For men, skip the jeans, and for women, pass on the crazy high heels. Looking good for an interview will never go out of style. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.

After the interview, you don’t necessarily have to mail out a handwritten thank-you letter. Emailing one will suffice. However, other job candidates will think just like you and go the easier route. In today’s technological society, going against the grain with a pen and paper is a good way to stand out and possibly get the job.