The top 3 things you must do before an interview:
1. Research the company:
If you are applying for a position at a large company, you should be able to find a good amount of information online. For instance, Forbes has a lot of information such as the company’s net worth, major employees, competitors, headquarters location, other locations, etc. But be careful- do not rely on websites such as Wikipedia to get your information because these sites are not as accurate or fact-checked. Also, when viewing the company’s website pay attention to the mission statement, recent updates or projects, and the description of the job you are interviewing for. For example, when interviewing for a publishing job pull out details from their media kit, and know what a media kit is before you get that far.
2. Research your interviewer:
Look on the company website to see if employees are listed and/or their positions described. If there is no information about your interviewer on the company website, LinkedIn is a great resource. Knowing where someone went to school, what they do within the company you are applying for, and talking points based on their information is useful. These talking points can help fill silences, and make your knowledge seem vaster and well researched. If there is no information available online, on the company website, and LinkedIn or other sites, instead try to search their job title to know more about their general position.
3. Research yourself:
While company and interviewer research is sure to pay off, it loses its importance if you misalign with your resume. You need to know your resume front and back, as well as additional details, and be able to elaborate on all points. It is also helpful to know your personal qualifications in relation to the jobs requirements, and be able to relate all of your experiences to the job at hand. Making connections to yourself and the job during the interview is important because it flags the interviewers interest, and helps you stay on track without going on about yourself too much.
This blog was written by our Campus Ambassador Jackie Murphy from University of New Hampshire. She is a Communications and Studio Art Major with a minor in Business Administration.