How to Prepare for a Job Interview

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

2009-05-12 09:30:03

With unemployment numbers continuing to rise, the value of job interview resources also climbs. Here is a quick round up of some job interview advice from Liz Wolgemuth, a reporter with US News and World Report, and Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor.com’s career and workplace expert to help in preparing for that next job interview.

Check out the six summarized tips from Liz following her interview with Glassdoor’s CEO Robert Hohman:

1. Know the company. Ferreting out basic details on the company you’re applying to seems like one of the most obvious efforts candidates would undertake, but it’s not a given that they will. Job seekers should be doing rather ambitious research-reading annual reports, learning company business plans, and setting up Google Alerts so they’re up to date on company news. Some career coaches teach job candidates to learn the issues or problems a company is facing and to prepare some thoughts on tackling those issues.

2. Research the people: It’s important to know what the company does, but it may be even more important to know who you’ll be talking to once you get there.

3. Find an insider: Find someone who knows this company and can provide valuable insights into the work you’ll be doing. Get details on the people you’ll be interviewing with and their style, find out about the person who’s leaving the job you’re interviewing for and about his or her skills and the issues he or she dealt with.

4. Know what’s coming: Check out Glassdoor.com data, even if your company isn’t among those listed. “The only thing that can ease the anxiety is information,” says Robert Hohman, founder and chief executive of Glassdoor. Arming yourself with potential questions and reading what others suggest as good answers can prepare you for the often hypothetical level of conversation in job interviews. It’s easy to get stymied and stunned by a seemingly impossible question-i.e., How many blades of grass are there in Michigan?-but the interviewer is generally looking to see how a candidate thinks and processes, not to test her level of knowledge on Midwest horticulture.

5. Study your résumé: Your résumé should be well tailored to the job that you’re applying to, so much that it should serve as a kind of outline and study manual for your interview preparation, In preparing for the interview, you should recruit friends and family to “test you on your résumé the way you’d test yourself before an exam.”

6. Change your point of view: Step back and take a breather. Consider the interview from the employer’s point of view.

And here’s some suggestions from Rusty Rueff on how to get a leg up for that next job opportunity:

Have you had an interview in the past couple years? Tell us how it went.

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