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How to do your homework before a job interview

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How to do your homework before a job interview

Getting an interview invitation from a company that you are applying for is proof that they see initially you as a good fit for the role — still, it is a must for you to prepare and do your homework to ace that job interview and secure the post.

5-step guide in doing your homework for an upcoming job interview

There are no one-size-fits-all method in preparing for a job interview, but there are certainly sure-fire ways for you to be better equipped when you face the hiring managers and your potential employers.

1. Read and understand the job description

Not understanding the scope of the job is a mortal sin for candidates, especially in highly technical fields like health, engineering, and finance. For you to convince hiring managers that you are qualified for the role, you must have a thorough understanding of the needs and requirements listed under the job description.

Job descriptions are usually included in job listings and they serve as a guide to potential applicants about the scope of the role and the skills needed. You will be able to show your strengths if you can actually relate your skills and experience with the tasks involved in the role. Even if you are applying for your first job, you can correlate some of the tasks to real-life experiences you have had.

2. Research about the company and its businesses

A job application is a two-way street — you must be eager to know about your potential employer just as much as they want to know about you. Start with the company website. Oftentimes, you will find all the basic things about your potential employer in their official website, including their history, vision, and philosophy.

Some companies even share their organizational structure in their sites. It is also a must that you have a rough idea of what the company does:

  • Does it provide services?
  • What products does it sell?
  • Which industry is it in and what type of company is it?

You can also check out their social media pages to get updated about company events, news coverage, and even employee testimonials.

It also pays to be aware of the issues concerning the industry the company is in. Be prepared to be asked about your opinions on current events.

3. Know your interviewer

Most of the time, recruiters provide the names of the interviewers when they send invites to applicants. This is not particularly necessary, but it would be good if you can do a little background search about your interviewers. Google and LinkedIn are reliable sources of information that can help you determine what your interviewers’ roles are in the company — this will help you anticipate how the interview will go.

Whatever information you get can be a great conversation starter for you and your interviewer.

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