I’ve put together this list of the 10 most important items I considered when I was preparing for an interview. See What you think. And click the image below to get free training to help you to prepare or you can contact me to talk more about your interview strategy
Prepare 8 Core questions
I personally prepared 8 core questions to ask, and I would prepare these questions well in advance. I’ll tell you more about the questions later on, and you will notice that there is a method that you can apply to almost any interview. You can contact me to talk more about your interview strategy
Do some detailed research
Before I could prepare any questions, I would conduct detailed research around key areas, including the business performance. I’d look at company reports to get an overview of how well the business is performing. I would look at news and PR online and in print to understand business performance, but also to gauge if there are any new announcements that the business had made recently around products and services or key successes and milestones. I would then look more deeply into the business’s products and services, particularly those that were relevant to the interview.
I would also look at profiles of people within the business, because this is obviously linked to the business itself. I would look at the CEO, the main managers, people within the business who are doing similar day-to-day work, so that I could gain an understanding of the values and culture of the organisation. I would review the role so that I understood the demands and challenges, as well as the expertise required. The company website is usually a great source of information about the business and its people, but I would go a step further and also look at my prospective team members or, at the very least, look at profiles of people who work in a similar role. I personally find LinkedIn to be a very useful tool for locating and researching company personnel.
Research The Interviewers
Talking about people, it’s important to know in advance who the interviewers will be because you will be able to understand what their role is within the company and what’s important to them in terms of taking the team and business forward. Again, I would use LinkedIn to look at their profiles, to get clues on their role, objectives and responsibilities, to see if there were ways in which I could help them to fulfil their objectives. [Read more…]