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Interview Preparation Tips

Author: Laurie Knafo/Tuesday, January 28, 2014/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Congratulations! You just received a call and have been invited to interview for your dream job. You’ve probably worked hard to get to this point in the job hunting process but, the work is not over yet. You need to invest some time to make the most of this opportunity.

There is a common misperception that candidates don’t really need to prepare for an interview. After all, the employer has selected to talk to you based on your resume and experience. Don’t be fooled. Interviewing is still part of the competitive job process. You need to do your best during the interview to stand out from other candidates and secure the position.

Luckily, job interviews are not a completely unpredictable process. There are two key steps that you can take to ensure that you are prepared for whatever questions come your way.

Learn About Your Future Employer
Showing an employer that you are familiar with their business demonstrates that you have a legitimate interest in the position. Do your homework before arriving for an interview. Check out the company website for information about products and services. Review the news section for the latest transactions, deals and product releases. The more you know about the company the less time the interviewer will spend educating you. This leaves more time for a discussion about you, your skills and experience.

Also, take time to look up the person interviewing you on LinkedIn. This will give you a little background on the person you are meeting with and their career and tenure at the company. Employers are impressed when candidates can work information gained in the research process into the interview.

Study the Job Description
It always surprises me how few candidates take the time to study and really learn about the job for which they are applying. When a job description or summary is provided, it is important to study it. Make sure you understand exactly what the position entails. And, if you don’t know what something means - look it up. This could provide insight into company specific terms and processes.

Also, spend some time studying the position qualifications and take time to document how your skills and experience line up. This will help you anticipate and have a response to potential interview questions. It will also give you talking points should you be asked an open-ended question like: “Explain why you think you are a good fit for this position.” If there are areas in the job description or required skills that you don’t have experience with do not be concerned. For example, you can acknowledge that you don’t know a specific software package and then share that you know three packages that are similar and that you are a fast learner. In reality, very few candidates are a perfect match for a position. By studying the position prior to the interview you can showcase where you have skills and experience as well as demonstrate an understanding of what is required.

Going into an interview with a good understanding of both the company and the position will give you both confidence and a competitive edge over those that don’t take the time to do their homework.

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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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