Part II – Research, How to be Thorough

It is time to begin the preparation. Let’s dive into it. Here is the breakdown to effectively research for an upcoming interview.

Job Description

  • Read the job description and understand it.
    • 2 important sections within the job description
      • Responsibilities
      • Skills / Qualifications

This may sound self explanatory however you would be surprised at the alarming number of students that do not review the job description.Task: Write down 3-5 ways that your resume relates to different aspects of the job description. Here are some questions to keep in mind.

  • Why am I a good fit for this position?
  • What skills overlap (between my resume and qualifications)?
  • How does my past experience relate to the current responsibilities?
  • Do I have specific examples to explain my current experiences to the job description?
Example: If it is a sales role, look for ways that your resume describes some or all of the following:
  • Closing deals
  • Prospecting for new clients
  • Account management
  • Customer service
  • Creating new processes for profit
  • Building a sales pipeline
 Next: Go to the company website and digest the following:
  • ‘About Us’ or ‘Careers’ section
    • Understand company culture, required skills, company history, benefits, volunteer opportunities, etc
  • ‘Press releases’ or ‘Latest news’
    • Latest products, management changes, recent public launches
  • Also check their stock price (if they have one)
  • Figure out their competitors and how they differentiate themselves
Finally: Read reviews and personnel background
  • Glassdoor or Quora
    • Read reviews about the company to see if you can get additional insight into his hiring, management style, best practices, new training, and onboarding process
    • Try to learn about company culture or possible interview questions
  • LinkedIn
    • If you know the names of the people in your interview, do research on their background.
      • Check the number of years that they have been at the current company and the number of years at their past jobs.
      • Ask them during the interview, why did they decide to leave Company X and join the current Company Y?
    • If you do not know the names, research either people in the same company or similar roles in different companies
      • By doing this, it will help to gain a better perspective in regards to the skills and qualifications that companies are looking to hire.
Conclusion: By taking these steps, you will get insight into the company culture, responsibilities for the job as well as skills needed to perform the job. You will be prepared for 80% of the content / research related questions in the behavorial interview.  I hope that you found this helpful.

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