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Nailing the Interview Process, Part 3: Research, Research, Research

Nailing the Interview Process, Part 3: Research, Research, Research
From Recruiter - October 2, 2017

Youve heard it over and over again: You need to do your research before an interview.

Why? Because:

- When you do your research, youre more prepared.
- When youre more prepared, youll be more confident.
- When youre more confident, youll do better.

The last thing you want to do is wing it in an interview. Youll fail, especially if the interviewer is good at their job.

What, exactly, should you research before your interview? Here are four areas the interview will likely cover:

1. The Position

Thisshould go without saying. Most of the questions an interviewer poses will address the position, so youd better knowyour stuff.

The most obvious resource here is the job description. A well-written job description should provide valuable informationlike the skills and experience required for the position. Descriptions willoften list these things in order of priority.

Go to the Required Experience section of thejob description first. Note the list of skills and experience and the order of priority.

You can take your research on the position further by talking with someone who works in the company to which youre applying. Ask if there are any additional requirements not listed in the job description. You may uncover key requirements that were not mentioned in the listing.

2. The Company

One of the top pet peeves of interviewers is when candidates do not know much about the company. Interviewers want to know youve taken the time to research the company, and they want to know youre truly interested in working for the organization.

The very least you can do is visit the company website. Most company websites will feature an About Us page. Read this first. The site will also likely have a Products and/or Services page. Read these, too. If the company is global, it may list its locations and the functions each performs.

The problem with company websites, however, is that the content they feature is all marketing content, engineered to paint the organization in the most positive light possible. Youll never get the whole truth about a company through its website, unless the company is publicly traded. In this case, the website will have annual reports that will reveal more objective informationon financials, shareholder information, etc.

Its a good idea to reach out to people you know in the company for more information about it, particularly the culture.

3. The Industry and Competition



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