Congratulations! You applied for a job online and you’ve just received a phone call inviting you in for an interview with the hiring manager. That’s a big hurdle. Now you can walk into
that interview and do what you do best — talk about yourself! If only it were that simple, right? Making it to the interview with a decision-maker is a great step forward, but first you must prepare by spending a significant amount of time learning about the interviewer, the organization, and the industry or environment in which it operates. Some of this research can be done online (secondary research); some of it is more effectively done by talking to people (primary research). This Glassdoor article will expand your understanding of what to research before a job interview.
Having done the research, recognize that your objective in an interview isn’t to show off your knowledge of the organization by regurgitating what you learned. Rather, your objective is to have a richer and more meaningful conversation with the interviewer that will get you to the next step in the hiring process. Perhaps the most important reason to conduct research is to aid you in deciding which of your accomplishments you decide to talk about and how you talk about them. The interview shouldn’t be an interrogation. It isn’t just an opportunity for the interviewer to get to know you, but also for you to get a better feel for the problems you could solve, the company culture, and whether or not you think it’s the right fit.
Preparing for a rich and meaningful conversation requires anticipating the questions that are likely to be asked of you. Practice answering them and giving examples from your accomplishment stories, but also practice asking questions that will make your interview a two-way conversation. To help guide you through navigating this aspect of the interview, read “Best Questions to Ask the Interviewer.”
On behalf of OI Global Partners, we would like to thank you for connecting with us. We hope that you find these emails and the information we have shared with you is helpful in reaching your career goals. If you would like us to address any topics of interest in the future concerning career transition, executive coaching, leadership, or workforce management solutions, please let us know. We’d be happy to share our knowledge and expertise.
Thomas Wharton is President of LIFOCUS CAREER SERVICES an Executive Coaching and Career Coaching firm in Rhode Island, providing Career & Transition Coaching, Outplacement, Executive Coaching, and Assessments. Tom can be reached at 401.884.7959 • firstname.lastname@example.org. • www.lifocus.com •@careercoachTW