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  • Job Search Advice: Be Prepared For Your Interview

    When you decide to work with Workbridge Associates, we want to help you achieve your goals with your job search.  Among prepping you on the background of the company and the job description, the recruiters will also ensure your resume is in tip top shape before sending it off to different companies. 

    In order to help you with that, we wanted to share some knowledge to help you put your best foot forward with all your interviews.

    Below you will find five great tips that you can use before you even step into our office- enjoy.

     

    Be Prepared For Your Interview

    BY RYAN BRITTAIN

    Going in for an interview with a company that you really want to work at? Make sure you are doing a few things beforehand to ensure success:

    Google the company

    Check their web site's About Us tab and make sure you know what they do and who their clients/partners are. Also, see if you can find any articles or news about the company to gather some good small talk material for the interview. For example, “I saw that you guys recently announced plans to do [project]. How will that affect this position, team, department, etc.?” Look into the management team and get a feel for who is leading the company and where they come from. Nine times out of ten, someone in the interview will ask, “What do you know about us?” Impress them with your answer and get the interview started on the right foot.

    Check out the interviewer’s LinkedIn connections

    Look up the people you are scheduled to interview with. Check to see if you share any work experience, connections, former colleagues, clubs, interests, etc. For example, “I looked up your profile on LinkedIn and saw that you used to work at [company]. Did you work on [person you know]’s team?” The goal is to make the interview more conversational.

    Check out their posts and followers on social media

    If you know who you’re meeting with, follow them on Twitter and/or scan their blog. Perhaps they tweeted about an event you recently attended, or commented on a band or sporting event that you like. Doing things like this shows that you are thorough, “plugged-in,” and can create the personality/culture connection that is very important in the interview process.

    Get there early…but not too early

    If you are unsure how long it will take to get to the interview, make sure you allot some extra time for traffic, getting lost, tie-straightening, etc. If you are more than 15 minutes early, grab some coffee or run through some practice questions and answers. If you show up too early, it can be an inconvenience to the manager.

    Have questions ready

    Show that you have put some thought into the company. I have interviewed hundreds of candidates for internal positions with my company and I will always wrap up the interview by asking: “What questions do you have for me?” If someone gives me a blank stare and has no questions, I assume they are either not interested or not able to synthesize the information in the interview to come up with a question.

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