After countless hours of scouring through job listings, filling out application forms, and mailing out cover letters and resumes, you finally get the call: You have a job interview. You want to ace it? There are a few things you should know first.
What exactly would you be doing
It might seem like an obvious place to start, and it is. The best thing you can research before going to an interview is to get a really good knowledge of what exactly you will be doing on this position every day.
Are there any opportunities for growth? How long have people before you stayed in that role and why did they leave? What are main responsibilities and necessary qualifications?
If you can, you can contact current company's employees on the web or if you have someone who works there try to chat with them. Sign up for the company newsletter. You’ll be much better prepared and your interviewer will be pleased to notice your sincere interest.
The most impressive candidates are those who come to a job interview with a deep understanding of the business and can identify a few pain points and how they might address them.
Who the important people are
It’s always good to know who are the main players are. Who has the power and influence in this particular company? Research the company's website. You should start with the About page and find out who are the managers and executives. Everything you see can give you a sense of what kind of talent the company values, and how you might fit in.
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What it’s like to work there
The company has already looked into you, so you need to spend time researching if this particular company is right for you.
Before you even apply for the job, vet the company. Dig through their website, read their blog, follow them on social media and see what interests you.
Since you'll be spending most of your time at work it's important how will you fit into the culture of this new company.
Best to get a good idea of what the culture is like. It will save you a lot of adjustment time if you know what to expect going in. You’ll also get a better idea of what unique personality traits and skills or experiences to emphasize during your interview to net the job.