The first legs over then, you’re through the slog of CV tweaking and cover letter writing and you get the call. Now it’s just you and them and they already know plenty about you. Preparing for an interview can be nerve-wracking but by following these tips you’ll give yourself the best chance at success.
You need to give yourself as much time as you possibly can, really eke out the dregs of an evening or an afternoon by starting as soon as you get the go-ahead. If you put in enough time, it’ll pay off. You can pretty much apply this advice to anything in life too. With prep, it will come.
Locate Relevant Information
The problem with all of this information you are likely to find is that not all of it will be relevant. Odds are that half the candidates going with you to be interviewed know when the company began, what they do and not much else. You need to realise that while you are joining a company a lot of it won’t even affect you nor have any relevance to the work you’re doing. Profile the job you’ll be doing for them and get the relevant information. If you are applying to be a social media manager, their social media is a good place to start, tech wizard, what’s the layout of their site like? They’ll be something for all the roles, somewhere.
Profile your Employer
With the dawn of the age of social media, it’s only natural to be curious about the faces behind the emails. If you can find your interviewer on Facebook or Linkedin then do so. It isn’t nosy or an invasion of privacy, they’ll certainly be scouring the net to find you. You want to get a feel of someone and it’ll let you know who you’re dealing with and some rough guidelines of how to act around them.
With social media and the company’s website there’s unlikely to be anything negative on there. This isn’t to say you should be looking for anything negative but its always good to get a realistic picture of who the company you’ve applied to work for actually are. If they are reasonably big it’s likely they’ve made waves on some corner of the internet or even in a local paper. See what people who aren’t all singing from the same hymn sheet are saying.