10 Best Tips to Ace Your Interview

The best interview tips to land your dream job

1. Get to know your interviewer

Getting into the mind of your interviewer before the meeting will give you a huge advantage. Find out where they live, their routes to work, what stores they shop at, where their kids go to school, etc. These are good talking points during your interview and will distinguish you from the rest of the applicants.

2. Dress up

Since first impressions are critical, the best strategy is to dress like current employees of the company. Wear the exact same outfit as the person interviewing you to show them you have the right look for the job. Imitation is the highest form of flattery after all.

3. Arrive early

See 9 Easy Hacks to Get to Work on Time for great tips on being punctual to the meeting.

 4. Firm handshake

The stronger your grip, the more confident you will appear. Start by doing 30 reps x 5 sets of dumbbell wrists curls with your max weight at the gym, twice a day for 3 months. Your massive forearms will not only impress your interviewer, but leave an imprint on their hands they’ll never forget.

5. Smile and maintain eye contact

Studies show the following type of smile is the most effective in an interview:

  • Open your mouth until there are about 1.5-2 inches between your top and bottom teeth
  • Contract your facial cheek muscles so that it exposes your upper teeth
  • Tilt your head down 30 degrees below horizontal
  • Stare directly at the person

Use this smile throughout the interview to increase your likability and build rapport with the other person.

6. Stay relaxed

Your mindset should be to walk in like you own the place. Park in the boss’s reserved spot and put your feet up on the desk. Ask Jennifer when your 2’o-clock meeting is, follow up with Robert on the report he promised you yesterday. Freak out when you forgot to pick up the cupcakes for Gloria’s birthday, but realize you can send out the intern to get it. Also, don’t forget you have a tax payment due to the IRS by the end of the week.

 7. Ask questions

Children are masterful question askers, hence why they always get what they want. When you ask a question, always follow up the question with “Why?” You’ll eventually come to a point where the interviewer cannot answer. This will simultaneously impress them and give you a boost of confidence knowing you’ve outsmarted them.

8. Ask for feedback

Most people avoid feedback because they take it personally rather than as an opportunity to grow. Show your interviewer you care by giving her constructive criticism. Remember the feedback sandwich technique: sandwich the critique between two compliments. Make her feel good about herself by telling her she did great and the next will be even better.

9. Thank the interviewer

Displaying gratitude is important to an employer. The best way to display your gratitude is to work for free. People undervalue work experience and overvalue a real paycheck. Paying off student loans aren’t as important as doing fulfilling work at an unpaid internship.

10. Follow up!

Follow up is essential to keeping your application at the top of their mind. Traditional methods of emails and handwritten cards won’t get through to busy hiring managers. Instead, send your follow-ups via carrier pigeons, computer malware, and singing telegrams with grown men in clown outfits every night to their homes. Creativity and persistence is the key to landing your dream job.

12 Tips to Prevent Weight Gain at Work

Tips to prevent weight gain when working in an office environment.

For those of us who work in a sedentary office environment, it can be difficult to prevent yourself from gaining weight.

For people trying to lose weight, it can be an uphill battle when you’re sitting for eight hours a day, constantly snacking on unhealthy foods, and going out to eat all the time with coworkers.

Here are 12 easy tips to prevent yourself from getting flabby when you work in an office:

1. Park farther away to force yourself to walk more.

For better results, park in another parking lot a couple blocks down. For best results, park at home.

2. Don’t eat the free snacks at work.

Encourage your coworkers to eat them instead. If they’re on a diet, convince them to just start it tomorrow.

3. Bring healthy snacks to eat.

Buy a 3lb bag of almonds from Costco to eat. Force yourself to eat an entire bag every day. Almonds are high in protein and healthy fats. By day 3, you’ll puke whenever you see almonds, which will speed up your results.

4. Buy a standing desk.

Better yet, buy a moving desk that’ll move around on its own at a moments notice to keep you on your toes.

5. Take a break every hour to get up and walk.

Work for 5 minutes and spend the rest of the hour walking around.

6. Take a walk around your office building during lunch.

Optional: Bring a clipboard and make occasional stops to observe the building. It’ll freak out building management.

7. Go to the gym during your lunch break.

If the gym is too far, bring the gym to your office. Treadmills and elliptical machines are functional replacements for furniture in client waiting rooms. 

8. Work out before going to work to jumpstart your body’s fat burners.

For best results, work out until you’re completely exhausted and cannot physically make it in to work. Starting your day right is very important.

9. Drink lots of water.

The recommended amount for an average office worker is about 1 gallon per hour. This will also help with #5 when taking bathroom breaks.

10. Stop eating out with coworkers.

In fact, stop talking to or being friends with your coworkers at all. Having friends can be expensive and not worth consuming the extra calories when they want to go out to eat.

11. Meal prep your lunches.

Do this a month prior with leftovers. Your lunch will be so rancid you won’t want to eat it, thus saving you the extra calories.

12. Be happy and stop worrying about your weight.

Your boss is paying you to do your job, not to be fit.