INTERVIEWING TIPS – Before the Interview
· Learn about the company/organization.
o Learn about the industry and type of business/es conducted.
o Review the company’s organization chart and structure.
o Read the company’s annual report.
o Identify the company’s competitors.
o Identify specific corporate vision/mission, strategies, and goals.
o Identify corporate values.
o Identify investors and any concerns.
o Identify the company’s current stock price and trading history.
o Identify sources of capital available to the company to meet it’s goals.
o Identify areas of potential expansion, downsizing, outsourcing, etc.
o Identify manpower staffing and potential needs.
o Identify potential opportunities for advancement or movement within the company.
o Identify company benefits that are important to you.
o Identify any internal or external factors that might impact the company’s future.
o Read latest print media (i.e., newspaper, magazine articles, etc.)
· Learn about the job.
o Read a job description or position description.
o Identify the job/position responsibilities, tasks, duties, activities.
o Identify the minimum required areas of knowledge or expertise, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics to perform in the job successfully.
o Identify the work location, hours of work, etc.
o Talk to several people who actually perform the job.
o Identify what you might be doing in the job during a routine day.
o Identify what you might be doing in the job during a non-routine day or during an emergency situation.
o Identify who you will report to.
o Identify who, and how many people, may be reporting to you.
o Identify, if possible, the starting salary and potential for monetary increase through stock options, merit increases, variable pay, etc.
· Learn about and assess yourself.*
o Identify your areas of knowledge/expertise.
o Identify your areas of skill proficiency.
o Identify your personal life and work values.
o Identify your special abilities and potential.
o Identify your personal qualities and characteristics.
· Assess yourself against the company and job requirements.
o Identify your strengths and areas for improvement.
§ Identify where you meet requirements
§ Identify where you exceed requirements
§ Identify where you fall short of meeting requirements.
· Create your own strategy for presenting yourself, your strengths and your areas of improvement to clearly demonstrate that you are the most suitable candidate for the position.
· Learn how to interview.
o Identify different types of interviews.
o Identify steps in the interview process.
o Identify who the interviewers are and what they are looking for.
o Identify specific areas that questions will be asked of you.