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    Samantha
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    In my opinion, preparing for an interview is half the battle. How do you go about this?

    I find the most important thing for me is getting my thoughts organized. When you’re being asked so many thought-provoking questions, it can be difficult to express what you REALLY want to say if you’re not prepared. I even like to anticipate questions I might be asked and come up with answers prior to the interview. Not that I’m saying you’re going to rehearse everything word for word, but it helps to keep me on track and answer the question to the best of my ability.

    #7569

    Samantha,
    I think you’ve got it right. There are some standard questions that you can anticipate such as why do you want this job? As a result, you can have some well thought out answers ready to give yourself a starting point.

    I find it’s good, too, to have some questions of your own. One of my favorites is to ask the person what they think the successful candidate will look like after he or she has been doing the job for six months.

    The other thing I do is business homework. I get on LinkedIn and find out all I can about the company and the people I’m interviewing with. This can give you some insights that you might not have thought of. You might have friends who can reach out on your behalf.

    I usually spend a lot of time on the company’s website and Facebook and Twitter accounts. Those can give you tips about the company’s culture.

    #7585

    Samantha
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    Thanks Greg, I love the idea of asking your own questions. A question like that will help you to manage expectations if you do land the job.

    And you just gave me the idea, what if you could take it one step further and interact with the company on Facebook and Twitter? I think that would show dedication and sincere interest.

    #7590

    My own natural curiosity had led me to do a good amount of research on various organizations prior to interviews. Along the way I jot down questions and (constructive) feedback about the website, their mission, etc. Creating that list of questions while researching has put me in the position of asking completely unique and insightful questions (or so I’ve been told!) in the interview , proving not only that I am interested but that have the analytical skills to think through the business model and ask relevant questions. As far as the feedback part goes, I would feel out the interviewer- sometimes constructive feedback can make you look like a potentially valuable part of the team… other times it can make you look like a bit of a jerk 🙂

    #29631

    What would you say are some good questions to ask? Asking questions to the interviewer can show preparation and interest in the company, but I’ve also seen on career advice logs that sometimes questions are asked for the sake of showing this rather than actually being interested in the answer. I really liked Greg’s post about asking what a successful candidate will look like after 6 months on the job.

    #29640

    Lynn,
    The best thing you can do is give some thought to your questions and have them ready going into the interview. Something like what will the successful candidate look like after six months on the job lets the employer give you a set of goals and expectations without you having to ask them directly what they do or don’t like in an employee. It also allows you to match your skill set with the true job description, so that you can tell if you’re a good match or not. Often times what the company is hiring for is much different than the job they have posted.

    I’d say do some homework on the company via LinkedIn and Facebook. It’s amazing how small the world gets when you start looking at how many degrees of separation you are from your new employer. People on the inside can help you structure open-ended questions that will allow the subject to talk about his or her company at length. They also show that you cared enough to not only read an online job posting but did your homework as well. I truly believe getting a job can be as much about who you know as what you know.

    I hope this helps. Good luck.

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