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Must- Do Job Hunting Homework

Finding a job is hard.  Finding the perfect fit is even harder!  Being prepared before you next interview is crucial.  Do your homework and you stand the best chance of finding a role you love.

So, what should you do before a job interview?

Review the company website.

  • Why:
    • Understand what the company does and get a read on culture.
  • How:
    • Review “About Us” pages to understand products/services.
      • Make sure you know who their customers/clients are and how they make money.
    • Review “Meet the Team,” “Testimonials/Case Studies” and similar pages to look for evidence that:
      • Employees enjoy working there.
      • They have happy clients/customers.

Check out social channels

  • Why:
    • See how the employer interacts with clients, customers, and employees on social.
    • Learn about the company’s brand, as well as recent news or developments, so you can speak intelligently about them in the interview.
  • How:
    • Visit the company’s LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter pages.
    • Review recent posts and comments
    • Take note of anything newsworthy to discuss- and prove you’ve done your homework.

Research key players in the organization

  • Why:
    • Get a sense of the background and experience other employees have.
  • How:
    • Use LinkedIn to find profiles of the company’s employees and key players.
    • Do some research on the hiring manager so you’ll know who you’re talking to in an interview.

Learn the company’s mission, vision, and values

  • Why:
    • In the interview, you can explain how you align with the company.
  • How:
    • Search for mission, vision, and values on the company’s website
    • Explore social channels to get a sense of company culture and values

Get a general idea of salary

  • Why:
    • Even though the topic of salary may not come up in a first-round interview, it’s good to be prepared because:
      • Salary will come up if the job is offered.
      • You want to make sure you’re being paid what you’re worth.
    • How:
      • Use Glassdoor, Indeed or Payscale to research the typical salary range for the position you’re interviewing for.
      • Find company reviews from former employees, which may include salary information.

Gain insights into competitors.

  • Why:
    • Make an impression on the hiring manager by showing that you understand:
      • The company’s main competition
      • The industry the company works in.
    • How:
      • Google to find out what competitors do differently, better or worse.
      • Make notes to use as discussion points or ask follow-up questions.

Ready to put your job preparation to good use?  Connect with a recruiter today to find your next great opportunity.