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Best Practices: Preparing for your interview

Monday, July 11, 2011
Best Practices: Preparing for your interview

 

I once read that if you do something 10,000 times - you are an expert. So with 15+ years successfully helping make matches between companies and candidates, I am well on my way to becoming an expert! 


I have to admit that the favorite part of my job is preparing people for their interviews.  Since not everyone has had the opportunity to work with a recruitment professional, I thought it would be valuable to share some keys pointers I've learned over the years. CONGRATULATIONS!  You got the interview....now what?
 
Do some research! 

I am often surprised to hear stories of how candidates have shown up unprepared....Regardless of the position, everyone must do the research! 

Here is what I suggest:
  • Read the company's website! You need insight into their culture and values, this is the best place to get it.  Pay attention to the ABOUT US section.  Do they have a Twitter or Facebook fan page?  Make sure  you know how they do what they do and where they are in the marketplace.
  • Research the people that you are meeting with.  You are not stalking them - just simply finding out more about them!  Maybe there is a common background or interest that you share and can feel comfortable about bringing up.  Use common sense though - don't bring up anything that could be sensitive or too personal!  The most effective tools I use include LinkedIn, Facebook, Google and Bing
  • Check out the company's location.  I like to use Google Maps.  See what companies, businesses and other venues are nearby.  Get a sense of their surroundings - as it could help you figure out what life working with the company might be like.
  • Write down talking points to bring up during the meeting.  This compliments all the research you do.  Just the fact that you did some research could make a big difference in you getting the job.
I hope that this helps to prepare you for your next interview! 

Carol Conforti, Sr Account Manager & Recruiter

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