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Before a plane takes off, the pilot goes through an extensive checklist to ensure a safe flight.  Sure, the pilot has flown the plane hundreds — if not thousands — of times, but they still use a checklist to ensure a repeat of the same, safe experience as the last flight.

Imagine an airline where they do not review a list? Given a choice between an airline that follows the pre-flight checklist and one that does not, which one would you fly? Arriving safely at your next destination means going with the option that takes the time to prepare.

Interviewing for a part-time job is very similar. Getting through the interview unscathed means taking the time to prepare properly.

Once you’ve discovered your first part-time job using HipHire.com or our mobile application, you’re ready to interview. To help ensure you have a successful interview, we put together this checklist to help you over deliver on your next interview.

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Here are a few key questions to get you started.

Part-Time Job Interview Prep: Google the company

Even though you’ve already read the short overview of the company on HipHire.com, it’s important to still take time to Google them because you know they’re doing the same thing to find out a little bit about you before the interview, too.

Find information about the company and learn what products or services they sell. Look for any recent news, both good and bad. Be ready to answer this question, “So, tell me what our company sells.” Not knowing the answer to the easiest questions will shorten your interview quickly.

Next, research the company on sites like glassdoor.com where you can find reviews on the company based on employee feedback. Remember to take the information you read with a grain of salt because what you read might not always be true. If something shows up written by a previous employee, bring this issue up in the interview.

Part-Time Job Interview Prep: Lookup the person you are interviewing with on LinkedIn

Read this person’s full resume on LinkedIn, their career history, where they went to school. Do you have any first connections with individuals who know or have worked with this person?  Maybe prepare a question like, “So, I noticed you went to school at “blank” how do you think this school prepares you for the job you have today? Lastly, looking at someone’s LinkedIn profile will notify them, which is a good thing and hopefully keep them on their toes.

Research the person using a tool like charlieapp.com to discover what this person likes. It also shows news about the company this person works for, aggregating data from a lot of other news sources and provides you another snapshot of the person with whom you’re interviewing.

Part-Time Job Interview Prep: Make a list of 3-5 questions

Be prepared to ask a few questions at the end of the interview. Write these down first after you review the resources listed here. This will help you keep an eye out when you hear this topic in the actual interview.

This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer you’re prepared. If you discover something in your research that is worrisome, make sure to work it into the conversation. Honestly, you are interviewing the company now, and part of this process is confirming that you want to work for them, not just that they want to hire you.

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Part-Time Job Interview Prep:Google Their address

If you’re already using the HipHire app, you can skip this step because we included the business address on a Google map to make directions easy to find. And if you’re not yet using our app, download it here!

The goal is to show up 10-15 minutes before the interview, unless you’re told differently. If you are a hard sleeper, always get up an hour before you responsibilities begin. Be aware of how long it is going to take you to drive or commute. I like to use tools like the Waze App, where it can offer me a few options when it come to the route I take to the interview. Don’t be late, it’s not the traffic’s fault – it’s yours!

Part-Time Job Interview Prep: Be confident!

Awesome, now you know some information about the company, directions to get there and a list of questions to ask, be confident. You are most likely the most prepared person they have even seen. You are a high match, right? Overdress for the positions? This job is yours now just execute, confidence that HipHire helped set you up for success today.

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