The main thing that seems to help in any interview is preparation but most people prepare from their own perspective and forget to research the company as well as the interviewer (s)?
Have you ever been caught off guard when they ask you to tell them what you know about the company?
I have…and I will never let it happen again!
When I am in an interview situation I make it my business to find 3 fast facts about the company and I make sure I can tell them quickly and confidently.
Some of my “go to” moves include;
1) How the company started.
2) The background of the interviewer.
3) Accomplishments they are proud of.
4) Whether they have restructured or changed their business model at any time.
Prepare for job interview process
The interview is an opportunity to set yourself apart from the other candidates and the fact that your resume and other screening techniques led to them contacting you for an in person interview should bode well for your chances. Many companies will conduct multiple interviews involving some combination of Human Resources, departmental screening by supervisors or peers and then the final decision maker.
Though each individual has their own reasons to ask what is important to them you need to be well versed in the company’s mission statement and history first and the objectives of the person interviewing you.
In my experience they will always ask some variation on your current and previous duties or ask you to describe a typical day. This is a not so hidden attempt to determine whether or not you can hit the ground running!
Absorbing a new employee has associated costs beyond payroll compensation because you need to realize if you put yourself in their position you will see how a new person requires a lot of training as well as supplemental assistance from coworkers and it will be a long time before a new employee begins to pay for themselves.
In today’s market people in all industries place a huge emphasis on referrals and networking and candidates can actually lose an opportunity if they don’t manage their online profile.
Seriously, would you entrust someone with a lot of -responsibility if their Facebook page had endless references to partying and nightlife?
Believe it or not, some companies make regular visits to their employee’s social networking websites!
The reverse is also true and those that have a robust Linked In profile enjoy a terrific advantage by deploying relevant industry connections and following companies that are similar to those you are interviewing with. Human Resource Managers will be suitably impressed if you take the time to “follow” them on Linked In but if you are not familiar with social networking at the very least you should thoroughly review their website and pay close attention to staff biographies.
Please remember, now that you are lucky enough to get the interview (some would argue that the job is yours to lose at this point) you must be cautious with your pre interview behavior.
The lobby or waiting area is their domain and not yours so if you sit and fidget or make phone calls and restlessly rifle through the reading material you have to consider the possibility you are being observed.
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