With employers in more control of the labor market nowadays, job seekers are bound to give it their all in their interview preparation. It is highly recommended that you do a research before interview arrives which includes broadening your research for relevant information about the position, the company, the industry and even the interviewer.
Interview Preparation Tips
Fortunately for job seekers today, there are many resources for you to research employers and their companies. One example is by using the internet, this will allow you to have that competitive edge.
- Web Sites - Your potential employer’s business website is the best source for you to see their company. Check their annual report and also look for a “press room” or “company news” page that links to their recent news. Make sure to research employers and your interviewer’s name, because learning something about the interviewer is probably the most important thing that you can do. Also, try to retrieve their bio pages that will give you an insight into their most visible activities at the company.
- Gather Information - Now, try to widen your perspective and see what general-interest and business publications are writing about the employer and its industry. Try to gather information by searching national publications for news on major businesses.
- Trade Journals - When taking cues from your interview research, try narrowing it down. And lock into your target company and find its place in the industry. Try looking at their trade journals and other specialized publications. You can find trade journals at their own websites, either for free or through subscription. And you can also find hard copies of trade journals at public libraries and universities.
- Industry Directories -When you’re finished doing your research about your target company, try making contacts with other workers in there. This will be very beneficial for you if you have some specific questions regarding the employer and your potential role in your target company. If you belong to a professional organization, go to its directory. If you don’t belong, then consider joining.
- Google Them - And for your final interview preparation. Try googling your target company, because you may pick up some important information about them that you might have missed along the way. And while you’re at it, try googling yourself too, because your interviewer might be just doing the same thing that you are doing unto his/her company. So its best to have a clean name and a good reputation.