Do Your Homework: 4 Things to Research Before an Interview

Do Your Homework: 4 Things to Research Before an Interview
From Recruiter - November 17, 2016

Showing up to a job interview completely unprepared is a sure way to get your resume tossed into the trash bin. Before meeting face-to-face with a prospective employer, its important to do your homework. With a little research under your belt, you can respond confidently, ask smart questions, and set yourself apart from other candidates for the position.

Here are four things you should research before your next job interview:

1. The Company

Search the companys website and LinkedIn profile to learn some basic information like number of employees, office locations, and annual revenue. Keep digging and try to uncover more specifics that will help you show during the interview that youre excited for the job.

- Management: Read bios for the CEO and other top managers, particularly anyone who will be interviewing you. Learn as much as you can about their experiences, accomplishments, and if possible, their leadership styles.

- Mission: Try to find annual reports, press releases, or blog posts that help you better understand the companys history, mission, and goals for the future.

- Reputation: Search for news stories that mention the company to learn what others think about it. This will give you ideas about how you can use your skills to help the company strengthen its weak spots, and the stories may also shed some light on the companys culture.

2. The Interviewer

You want to find out as much as possible about the person who will actually be sitting across from you during your interview. Knowing more about your interviewer can calmyour nerves, and it also helps you prepare to make small talk and ask smart questions.

Ask for the interviewers name and position. Then do some non-creepy online stalking. Review their LinkedIn profile; it should give you great background information about theirwork history and education, and it may also offer insights into their personal life (volunteer work or hobbies, for example).


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