How to do your homework before a job interview – Written By Dana Manciagli


What one piece of company information stands out to the interviewer and shows that candidates have done their homework on the company?

Answer from Career Mojo:
There is more than one piece of information you need to show the interviewer to prove that you have done your homework. Here are the four key pieces of information to review before your interview:

1. Dissect the job description
Too many candidates show little to no understanding of the job requirements, since they haven’t read what the hiring manager wrote. Ensure that you understand every word, including acronyms. In addition, prepare notes that show where your unique experiences correlate with their requirements. Prepare to sell your attributes, including stories that will be examples of your skills.

2. Know the company’s various businesses
Spend hours on the web reading about them, and take notes.

3. Know the specific division, group, department or team that you are interviewing for
This is a sad – and true – story from one hiring interview I conducted at Microsoft. I interviewed a candidate for a mid-management position that would work with partners who were Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). The candidate clearly did not do his homework, because in the interview with me, he asked, “What does OEM stand for?”

4. Know yourself
Can you answer, “Tell me about yourself,” in three short bullet points? Be prepared to tell me about a time when you filled a requirement in the job description. This is called a situational interview question – expect it. These questions are becoming more common.

Dana Manciagli is a career expert, speaker and private coach. She has spent more than 30 years as a Fortune 500 sales and marketing executive, now retired after more than a decade at Microsoft. Dana is the author of the book, “Cut the Crap, Get a Job!” and a prolific blogger. She sits on the worldwide board of Junior Achievement and has her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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