Employment Expertise: Five Things You Need to Know Before the Interview

 

By West Michigan Works!

 

In addition to the skills listed in a job description, one of the most important attributes an employer looks for in a candidate is a genuine interest in the job.

 

A great way to show this is by being knowledgeable about the industry, the company, its leadership and culture.

 

Doing some research and showing up to the interview with the following information will set you apart and increase your chances of getting hired:

 

1. Know the basics. Believe or not, employers have reported interviewing people that didn’t know even the name of the company! In addition to the company name, know the location of your company’s headquarters, where they do business, how many people they employ, what products or services they provide.

 

2. Find out who’s in charge. Know the names of the CEO and top management. You can generally find this information on the company’s about page. If you know who is going to be interviewing you and who you would be reporting to, do some research on them as well. Armed with a name and company, you can look them up on LinkedIn to learn more about their background and interests.

 

3. Get a feel for the company culture. Check the company’s website for its mission statement and see what they’ve written about their values. Read their blog if they have one; is it stiff and formal or casual and lighthearted? A company’s social media pages are a good place to learn more about their culture.

 

4. Learn about the industry. What are the current trends? Who are the top competitors? Are there any economic factors affecting or influencing the industry?

 

5. Listen to what others are saying about the company. Content on a company’s website is a great way to learn how the company wants to be seen. But how are they perceived by their employees, competitors and customers? At Glassdoor, a job search and recruiting site, you can find company reviews and other details that can’t be found on the employer’s website. A simple Google search may bring up news articles and reviews about the company and/or their leadership.

 

There is no such thing as being too prepared for a job interview or too knowledgeable about a prospective employer. Happy researching!

 

Employment Expertise is provided by West Michigan Works! Learn more about how they can help: visit westmiworks.org or your local Service Center.

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