3 keys to preparing for your interview in 2014
Job hunt Checklist Series:To start off the New Year and get your job hunt started well we’ve produced to help you get a lock on the job of your dreams. This is the second installement on preparing for a job interview.
A few hours of preparation will save you hours of perspiration when it comes to time being interviewed.
Know your resume be ready to expand on it
If you’re being interviewed it is because you’ve impressed someone with your resume. Writing an effective resume and repeating yourself with the content therein during your interview isn’t enough; you need to continue the conversation you’ve started with its reader in the interview room.
There is also a chance that someone in an interview room with you hasn’t given your resume a very thorough read, they may be a higher level manager who is being invited in to get an impression of who you are.
Expanding on the points you’ve made in your resume will benefit you in any situation. It will show the person who has read your resume that you’re being truthful in your resume and it will provide context to the cursory reader who has only read your jobs titles.
Research your interviewers
As I mentioned in the first piece in the series on work attire, you should Google who you are being interviewed by.
This will give you a sense of what they do and might give you at the very least, something to break the ice with in your conversation. It looks good if you know who you are sitting down with. Linkedin is great for this, and when you look at their profile they’ll see you are preparing for your interview. There is nothing wrong with being attentive and active in your application, that doesn’t mean you should try to connect to them online right away or send them an Inmail message with your life story. If the interview goes well, they’ll be adding you as a connection after you’ve met with them or giving you a call offering the job.
Research the company and their recent projects
Large companies have press releases about recent or past activities. Corporations are a lot like people, they are creatures of habit. Understanding what they’ve done in the past will give you clues into what they’ll do in the future. They’ll also teach you about the company’s structure and will help you get on message and on brand before your interview.
Knowing what the company is saying is great, understand what is being said about the company can be even better. Know what the company’s pain points are and you’ll know what to absolutely avoid in your conversations with higher level management. You’ll be able to congratulate them on a recent award they’ve received, or may be even attend an event where they’ll be in attendance where you can make a natural first impression.
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