Author: Morgan Watkins

Top 10 Interview Qualities Employers Notice About You

Interviews are a nerve-racking time for some people because they feel like they are stuck in the hot seat. It’s a common emotion among interviewees, but you have to remember, you won’t be the first or last person an employer will interview, nor the first or last to succeed or fail in getting the job. The best thing you can do for yourself is practice as much as possible. Even if you don’t get the job, it’s still good to get that interview experience. The more interviews you go on, the better you get. We compiled a list of top ten qualities employers look for in interviews. If you practice these ahead of time, you’ll find yourself much more prepared.


1.  Know your resume

Nothing is worse than being asked a question based off your resume and taking a minute to think of a response. Make sure you look over your resume prior to the interview because you will most likely be asked a question based on it.


2. Conduct research on the company prior to the interview

A common question interviewers like to ask is “What do you know about our company?” or “Have you done any research on us?”. It’s best to look up the company prior to the interview to be prepared for questions like this. It also helps you learn if you match what the company is all about.


3. Know the job

You need to make sure you know what you are interviewing for. Looking at an application and checking the list of things you’ll be required to do will help you better understand what to expect. It doesn’t look good if you walk into an interview and become confused on what you applied for.


4. Body Language

It’s good to feel relaxed during an interview, but that doesn’t mean slouching your back or looking down at your nails. Keeping your back straight and keeping yourself from fidgeting gives off a more professional and confident look. It’s also good to make eye contact with the interviewer because it shows that you’re listening.


5. Strong work ethic

Employers strive for people who have a strong work ethic for a job. They like to see employees show passion and take the extra mile to get the job done. Having a lack of interest in the job you are applying for gives off the impression that you’re only willing to do the bare minimum, which will less likely get you hired.


6. Skills you bring to the table

Do you fill the requirements for this job? What skills do you bring to the table? Employers like to know what you can do to better the company as well as get the job done. Briefly discussing your experience and skills will help you express why you are the best fit for the position.


7. Be yourself

Showing that you have a good personality is highly desirable among employers. It helps your employer determine if you are a good match for the company. Knowing if you are likable and can work well around others is integral to working for a company. A version of the question “Tell me about yourself” may arise at some point, so come prepared with an honest answer.


8. Be goal-oriented

You will most likely be asked a question about your goals. Common questions an employer will ask is “Where do you see yourself in five years?” or “What are your short-term and long-term goals?”. Employers ask goal-oriented questions for two reasons:

1. To see if you set and achieve goals at work.

2. To learn what your primary motivators at work are.


9. Ask questions

Now is not the time to be shy. Towards the end of the interview, ask any questions you have about the company you are applying for. Questions such as “What do you expect out of your employees filling this role?” are good to ask because it shows the employer you are interested in the job.


10. Thank you letter

Whether your interview was over the phone, video chat, or in person, you should always send a thank you letter to your interviewer. It shows good manners and appreciation for the time the interviewer took out of their day to meet you. You can either email, send a formal letter, or call to show your appreciation. Make sure you wait at least 24 hours before doing so. You can view examples of thank you letters here.

Hacks to Help You Survive College

Ahhh college. The best four years of your life. You make new friends, educate your future, live on your own, struggle with classes, and feel like ripping your hair out every once in a while. Okay…maybe it isn’t the best four years of life for everyone, BUT there’s certainly ways to make life a little easier! Check out our 20 college hacks and watch your life be forever changed!


1. Smelly dorms

Stick a dryer sheet on the back of a fan while it’s on. This gets rid of bad smells in your dorm!


2.  Get wrinkles out of shirts

For those who don’t have time to iron their clothes, hang a shirt somewhere in your bathroom while you shower. The steam from the shower gets the wrinkles out.


3. Binder Clips

Sticking binder clips to you desk helps keep your cords organized and prevents them from tangling up.


4. Cleaning your keyboard

Use a Post-It note to clean your keyboard. The sticky side of the note collects all the gunk that was stuck underneath!


5. Class schedule

During your first few weeks of class, screenshotting your schedule and making it your lock screen helps you memorize it. You’ll never forget your schedule again!


6. Note organization

Leave a few pages in the front of your notebook blank for a table of contents. This way you’ll know where everything is when it comes time for the big test!


7.  Late night homework

If you’re up late doing homework, listen to movie scores. There’s no distracting lyrics and it keeps you motivated!


8.  Syllabus week

At the beginning of each semester, highlight important dates and put them into your calendar for the best class preparation.


9. Writing Papers

After writing a paper, copy and paste it into Google Translate. This allows you to check for any misspells or grammatical errors!


10. Color code your notes

Color coding notes with pens is a great way to stay organized. The correlation between the colors and theme makes it easier to remember. Just make sure you don’t use too many colors on a subject. This could lead to you being overwhelmed!


11. Textbook reading motivation

We’ve all been through the struggle of reading the textbook and attempting to retain its information. A good incentive to stay on track is to put pieces of candy on each paragraph of the assigned reading. Every time you reach a paragraph, you get to eat the candy. How’s that for motivation?


12. Gum Hack

Studies have shown that chewing a piece of gum while studying for exams and then chewing the same flavor during the test helps you recall the material better.


13. Makeshift utensils

Have you ever forgotten to bring a fork with your packed lunch? No problem! Just bend some paper clips, tape them together to a writing utensil, and you’ll be good to go!


14.  Cooking in a coffee pot

You can save time cooking simple foods such as pasta, hot dogs, and oatmeal in a coffee pot. Just add water and you’re good to go!


15. Use a Keurig for your instant ramen

Keurigs can have more than one use. Try using it to get a hot cup of instant ramen noodles!


16. Instant Iced Coffee

For those of you who are in a rush to get to class but need your coffee fix, there’s a way to get it in just two minutes! All you need is instant coffee, water, ice, and creamer! View how to do it here.


17. Fruit juice ice cubes

Fill up an ice tray with your favorite fruit juices and freeze them for 3-4 hours. Add the cubes and a slice of fruit to some seltzer water and you’ll have a nice refreshing drink!


18. Scrambled eggs in a mug

You don’t need a stove to get your morning eggs! If  you have a microwave, you’re all set! View how to make them here.


19. Get a bottled drink cold in 15 minutes

Wrap your bottled drink in a damp paper towel and put it in the freezer for 15 minutes. Your drink will be nice and cold!


20. Bottle opening tricks

There are many tricks to opening a bottle when no bottle opener is around. Try out these 9 tricks!