The 3 Topics You Should Research Before a Job Interview, With Don Raskin

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Mac Prichard:

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Here is Don Raskin, author of The Dirty Little Secrets of getting Your Dream Job, reading his contribution: “Be Prepared: The Three Topics you SHould Research Before an Interview.”

Don Raskin:

Be Prepared: The Three Topics You Should Research Before an Interview.

There’s no doubt about it: interviews are stressful. But the more you prepare before you walk into the interview room, the better you’ll perform during the conversation. The key to interview preparation is research— knowledge is power. Take the time to research these three critical topics: the company, the job, and the people with whom you are interviewing.

To learn about the company, all you need to do is go to the company’s website and social media profiles, and pull out key facts about the business, the management team, the products and services, and the philosophy. You will use those facts in your interview, dropping them in as appropriate. You should also look for recent news items about the company, its competitors, and the industry at large. This makes you look smart and shows the interviewer that you did your home-work and came prepared.

You also need to understand the job at hand. One of my favorite interview questions is to ask candidates to describe the job they are currently applying for. Surprisingly, that question often trips them up. So before the interview, go back to the description of the job and review the duties and responsibilities. Then, go on Indeed.com or other job sites and look at similar positions in other companies to compare the requirements and responsibilities for those jobs. If you put it all together, you will have a pretty good feel for what the job is all about.

You also need to know your interviewers. For this purpose, LinkedIn is your go-to resource. Most professionals have a LinkedIn profile where you can learn more about their work history, education, and shared connections. Don’t worry about the interviewer knowing that you’ve viewed their profile. I actually like it when candidates check me out on LinkedIn prior to an interview. It tells me that they are doing their homework and are coming into the interview fully prepared for a good conversation.

On this bonus episode, Don Raskin, author of The Dirty Little Secrets of Getting Your Dream Job reads his contribution to Mac’s book, Land Your Dream Job Anywhere.

Knowledge is power and the key to interview preparation is research. You must do these three things before your next job interview.

Research the company

  • Go to the company’s website and social media profiles. Collect information you can use during your interview.
  • Look for recent news items about the company, its competitors and the industry at large.
  • Use this information during the interview to help you look in the know.

Know the job description

  • Review the job description to understand the duties and responsibility of the job.
  • Search Indeed.com and look at similar positions from other companies to compare job requirements and responsibilities.

Find out about your interviewers

  • LinkedIn is your go-to resource for finding out about your interviewers’ expertise, background, and position at the company.