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.
Carol Conforti, Sr Account Manager & Recruiter