The goal of every job seeker is to have job interviews – interviews that allow them to have the opportunity to work with the types of companies where they want to work. The more quality interviews, the better. Getting a job interview takes a lot of time and effort and each interview should be treated as “the one” that will lead the candidate into a new and rewarding career.
Interestingly, 80% of job seekers blow their chance of having the most productive interview possible because, after all the work they have put into getting the interview, they don’t spend any, or much, time researching the companies they have targeted, or endeavor to find any information about the person with whom they will be interviewing. Researching just makes sense and has become an easy task.
There are a number of ways to learn more about the company before an interview. Almost all companies have a web presence that contains information about their mission, goals, culture, products or services, locations, and job openings within the organization. Spend some time looking at these websites to learn specifics and to ensure that you have some talking points to discuss during your interview.
After you have gone to the company’s website and gathered information, then go to other online resources that can be helpful in learning about salaries, hiring practices and expectations for employment. One resources where you can find a great deal of information is LinkedIn, where you can engage with people who are already employed by companies with which you are interviewing. Both Indeed.com and Glassdoor.com will provide you with additional information including salary ranges.
Don’t waste your time setting up interviews, only to blow the interview by not preparing!