You’re ready to find a new job and you have an interview all lined up; what do you need to do to prepare? Don’t wait for the last minute! Here are things to research 2 weeks before the big day.
It’s critical to know not only about the specific job, but information on the company too. In what industry is the organization – agricultural, high-tech, medical? What does the company produce and what services do they provide? Has the company been in the news lately – check out current events that feature your future employer? You don’t want to waste your time interviewing with a company that is about to go bankrupt, according to the latest news bulletin.
Read the job description carefully to determine what the main responsibilities are. What skills will be needed; it’s time to start thinking about matching your abilities with the desired job requirements. Research the salary for this type of work; remember that it’s not just the job that you do – salary is also based on years of experience. The title might be “Beverage Coordinator”, but the job description states that your main task will be working behind a counter serving coffee.
Time to play spy, find out who will be interviewing you and research that person. It’s a good idea to know a little about the interviewer so that you can make a connection. Check out Facebook or LinkedIn to gain information about the person. It’ll be easier to break the ice in the conversation if you can find common interests – do you both like to go scuba diving?
Your people network:
If you haven’t already checked in order to get the interview; now’s the time to research who you know that works for the company. Is there someone that you know who can give you the inside scoop? Or maybe even talk to the interviewer and put in a good word about you? By knowing about the organization culture and atmosphere you can avoid any major mistakes. If the company requires closed-toed shoes, don’t show up for the interview in sandals (even if they are Manolo Blahnik that you bought for $4,600).
Don’t wait for the last minute to get ready for the job interview. Spend time investigating 2 weeks before. Surf the net to get all the data. Remember the scout motto – Be Prepared – so check your facts, do your research, and you’re sure to have a successful interview.
Do you have any tips to share? What other data do you research prior to a job interview?