Thursday, July 28, 2005

What Should You Know Before the Interview?

It’s important to do your research prior to the interview. Nothing stops an interview dead in it’s tracks quicker than asking “So what is it your company does?” Here’s a quick checklist of things you should know before you arrive at the interview:

Understand the job: Reread the job posting, check the company’s website to see if they have a job description posted there or if you’re working through a recruiter, ask them to provide one.

Know about the prospective employer: Spend some time reviewing their website. Look for recent press releases or news articles about their company. Look at a few of their competitor’s websites too. If you’re unfamiliar with their industry, do some reading about it prior to the interview so you are able to have some good questions to ask.

Anticipate interview questions: In addition to the standard interview questions, think about the requirements that are listed in the job description and write down some ways that you meet those requirements. Consider examples that you might use to further illustrate your point.

Put your energy into things you can influence: Do your homework and forget about those things beyond your control, such as how many other applicants there are.

Relax: It's only an interview! The worst thing that can happen to you is that you don't get the job. You're still alive to interview for another job another day.

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