Are You Prepared: Research The Employer Before Going To The Interview..
As a professional recruiter who has been working and recruiting professionals in the environmental, engineering and construction industries for over 18 years now at Webuild Staffing, I have found many people exceptional career opportunities, but some do not prepared themselves for the interview.
Have you done your homework on the company you are interviewing with? Do you know what they sell? How they market their products? Who the executives are? Well, it’s time to start learning about the company you are interviewing with. Their products, services, corporate culture, personnel, financial stability, etc. This is an essential step in succeeding to have a successful interview.
Following these tips and doing your homework before the interview will allow you as a candidate to stand out in a crowded pool of applicants and show the hiring manager how your skills and qualifications will benefit their organization.
Employers Website – Review It!!!
The easiest way to research a company is the internet. The company’s website provides a content rich environment in which you can learn about the organization, products/services, financial history, and personnel.
Review the products, services and gain an understanding of the market niche the company focuses on, who they sell to, the type of people they hire, and how the company is performing financially will all aid you greatly in having a fruitful conversation while at your interview.
News And Press Releases
While on the company website review the press releases they have published. This will provide you with a history of performance, accomplishments, and news about the organization in which you can use during the interview. Having a solid understanding of where the company has come from and how they have succeed will go a long way in the hiring manager’s eyes. Candidates that take an interest in the company and follow a company’s growth will always give them a step up in the hiring process.
Current Employees – Do You Know Any?
Research who is working at the firm currently, do you know anyone? One of the best ways to learn quite a bit about an organization is to talk with people who have worked there or are currently working for the firm. Use internet resources like LinkedIn to search and network. See if you can strike up a conversation as it can give you insightful information about corporate culture, company successes, and challenges, etc. The more networked you are the greater the possibility that you will know someone at the company.
Learn About The Companies Products And Services
You are a consumer!! So what is it that the company is selling? Would you buy the product or services? Have you ever bought their products? If so, what did you think? What did you like about it, dislike?
The simple action of interacting with a company’s products or services will allow you a gain an exceptional insight into a company’s products and having that insight for an interview is priceless, as you are the end user have an insight of the product which the company cannot; user experience.
This is a very powerful insight which you as a candidate can leverage to express your interest in the company, products and how your skills will help the company grow.
Remember that taking some time and doing some basic research on an organization before the interview will allow you to step above the crowded applicant pool and increase your chances in succeeding in obtaining your next exceptional career opportunity.
Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing (www.webuildstaffing.com). To learn more about Michael or Follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com