Preparing for your interview – pt. 1

Preparing for an interview takes a lot more than Googling a list of common interview questions.

At HR Solutions Inc., an Indiana based human resources company, we know you have to make a great first impression appearance-wise (no wrinkly clothes here!), have a great knowledge of the company you’re applying for and, of course, know exactly how to get across that you’re the perfect candidate for the job.

To help you get prepared, our professionals have made a series of blog posts of some of the all-time best pre-interview tips. From strategizing about how to tackle the toughest questions to what to bring to the interview, this series of posts covers a lot of the ways to make sure you bring your A-game.

You Must Know Your Audience

Spend several hours learning everything you can about the company you’re applying to from as many sources as you can. Talk to contacts, friends and of course spend some time on Google. Often, candidates just look at the information a company is pushing out via the website and social media but fail to look more in depth at what others are saying. Some candidates even read a company’s reviews to get a feel what their customers think about them as well. By doing so, you’ll get the larger picture about the company.

Get a sense of the culture of the company and think about how to embody a similar personality during your interview. Start by reading the company’s blog and Facebook page—the tone of the company’s content on these sites will speak volumes.

Twitter can also be an excellent resource because you can see what the company and its employees are talking about.

Before your interview, get a list of the people you’re meeting with from the company. If possible, learn more about them—including what type of behavior might intrigue them or turn them off.

Different companies use different types of interviews, so ask what type you’ll have. For example, some companies will ask situational questions while others will give a standard set of typical interview and leadership questions. Asking the recruiter about the interview format ahead of time is totally fair game. And once you know, investing time to become familiar with this style can make a huge difference.

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