Preparing for a job interview means more than just picking out a great outfit, printing out copies of your resume and practicing your responses to common questions. A successful interview requires that you do your homework. Before heading out to your next job interview, take the time to research these eight things.
1. The Company's Mission
The hiring organization's website is a great place to start when researching for your job interview. Browse the About Us page to find the company's mission statement. When you discover the organization's goals, think about how you can help the company reach them.
2. The Top Executives
Peruse the company's website for information about its key players. Find out the name of the CEO, CFO and other top executives, and read their bios. View organizational charts to find out who supervises the position for which you're interviewing. If you know the names of those on the interview panel, find out their titles and roles.
3. The Employees
Use LinkedIn to research other individuals who are employed by the organization. When you learn about the experience, skills and achievements of those who work for the company, you get some insight into what the company values.
4. The Company Culture
Learning about the company culture helps you figure out how your values fit in with the organization and its employees. Browsing the company's Facebook page and other social media websites may give you a clear picture of the company culture.
5. The Products and Services
Do some research on the company's products and services prior to your interview. Read customer reviews to find out what others are saying. If you're able, test the products yourself to gain firsthand knowledge. If you see an area that needs improvement, present this in the job interview, and explain how you can help with innovation.
6. Recent Company News
Search the internet for recent news articles or press releases related to the hiring organization. This makes you aware of any touchy subject areas you may want to avoid during the job interview.
7. The Competition
Do some digging into the organization's direct competitors. This gives you a sense of what challenges the company may be facing at the present moment and lets you discuss strategy to show what value you can bring to the company.
8. The Industry
If you're just breaking into the industry, be sure to do your research on terminology and popular topics. It doesn't bode well for candidates who aren't able to keep up with industry jargon during the interview.
When you research these eight items prior to your job interview, you can walk into the hiring manager's office with confidence. By preparing beforehand, you have a better sense of what the hiring organization wants in an employee, and you can gear your responses to the company's needs.
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