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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How to prepare for a job interview?

So your job search is starting to pay off. You've sent your resume to multiple jobs and have had several email correspondences. Now it's time for the actual interviews. Whether it's a phone interview or an in-person interview it's a good idea to do some homework prior to any interview communication. In any job market the last thing you want to do is not have a clue about who you are speaking to or what the company does. Here are a few pre-interview tips:

1. What does the company do?

*Review the company website. Don't just look at the home page. Dig into the website. Find out relevant company information, and review management biographies.

*Google search the company. Use the company name and key words (such as hiring, news, lay-off or downsizing) in a Google search to find out any recent news about the company.

*Stock Information. If the company is publicly traded check out their stock. Look at the company's 3 month and 12 month stock charts. Review any headlines or press releases.

2. What does the job require?

*Review the job description. Go over the job responsibilities and requirements. Write out a few key points on how your experiences match the job description. If you lack some of the job requirements or don't know a specific requirement Google search these items. This will give you insight as to what you may be missing and shows the employer that you investigated their job.

3. Who will I be speaking to / meeting?

*Use websites like LinkedIn, Spoke, Bebo, and Xing to search for the hiring managers and other interviewers' online profiles. Look for the interviewers' titles and determine what their role may be in the hiring process. You can also search these websites for people who currently or used to work in this job to look at their background and compare your experiences to theirs.

4. What questions do I want to ask?

*After performing your research it's a good idea to come up with some company and job related questions. You don't want the interviewer to ask if you have any questions and you reply, "no." Remember, you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you.

Everyone's time is valuable. Don't waste time by interviewing with bad companies or for jobs that are not of interest. Take control of your job search and be prepared., fight unemployment.

1 comment:

  1. Nothing to worry or get nervous, just be confident and never tell any lie.. answer what you know.. are the first principles while attending an Interview. I had lot of experience in this area, so collected a big list of interview questions and answers sites (more than 220 sites) on wide variety of areas. This doesn't cover just interview questions but also has information related to how to dress, how and what to ask the person who is interviewing you like if it is HR, you might want to know about the work environment, about the overtime rules, about the holiday structure, any medical benefits, insurance coverages etc.,. Thought it will be useful to all, so sharing them at the below link -- might be of some help to you... today and even in future..


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