How to im­press the hir­ing man­ager

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Noth­ing beats the ex­cite­ment you feel af­ter re­ceiv­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to an in­ter­view. Well, at least not un­til you’re hit by the re­al­i­sa­tion that you know next to noth­ing about your po­ten­tial em­ployer.

Even if you may know a thing or two about a com­pany, you’ll stand out more when you can demon­strate that your knowl­edge of the com­pany goes be­yond what ev­ery other can­di­date knows as well. When you can walk into the in­ter­view armed and ready with facts that go be­yond the ba­sics, you’ll knock the hir­ing man­ager off their feet, and stand in good stead of a fol­low-up in­ter­view, if not an im­me­di­ate “You’re hired!” What you need to know Who the or­gan­i­sa­tion is made up of and what its place in the mar­ket is: Know­ing the makeup of the com­pany and what it does is in­for­ma­tion you should know off the back of your hand. have a clear knowl­edge of the com­pany’s main prod­ucts, who the com­pany lead­ers are and its lo­ca­tion. Why the lo­ca­tion too? Be­cause know­ing the other ar­eas that the com­pany is based will al­low you to find out if you’ll have to work with the teams in these other set­tings.

to make a greater im­pres­sion, learn about the com­pany’s com­peti­tors. take time to read web­sites of the com­peti­tors and get a good idea of how their prod­ucts, strate­gies and ser­vices dif­fer from the com­pany you’re pre­par­ing for. hir­ing man­agers are well known for pos­ing those “What if” sce­nario ques­tions, and hav­ing done the com­peti­tor anal­y­sis will al­low you to an­swer the ques­tion with con­fi­dence.

What’s hap­pen­ing in the com­pany’s in­dus­try: of course there’s a lot to be learnt by vis­it­ing a com­pany’s web­page. how­ever, if you want to leave a last­ing im­pres­sion you need to go be­yond and above the ob­vi­ous. in your case this means go­ing into the in­ter­view with a knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of the lat­est in­dus­try hap­pen­ings. A sim­ple google search on the trends in the com­pany’s in­dus­try will yield a string of re­sults for you to show you know your stuff.

Just imag­ine the hir­ing man­ager‘s re­ac­tion dur­ing your Price­wa­ter­house­c­oop­ers in­ter­view when you ask how they’ve re­sponded to the ex­pan­sion of Fin­tech firms in the mar­ket?

What the com­pany’s busi­ness strat­egy is: or at least as much as you can gather from on­line re­search. Re­mem­ber that the one rea­son the hir­ing man­ager is con­sid­er­ing you is for your abil­ity to help the com­pany achieve its strate­gic goals. So it’ll be im­por­tant to go into the in­ter­view with some knowl­edge of the com­pany’s busi­ness strat­egy. Again, a google search on “[com­pany name’s] busi­ness strat­egy” will pro­vide you with an as­sort­ment of ar­ti­cles to show­case your un­der­stand­ing of the com­pany’s plan and your en­thu­si­asm for the po­si­tion you’re in­ter­view­ing for.

What the com­pany’s rep­u­ta­tion in the mar­ket is: Any com­pany that wants to stay afloat in this cen­tury needs to have some sort of so­cial me­dia pres­ence, which is a great place for you to do some re­search about the com­pany’s rep­u­ta­tion. Scroll through the com­pany’s so­cial me­dia feeds and pay close at­ten­tion to how its fol­low­ers re­spond to its up­dates. is the pub­lic gen­er­ally re­spon­sive? or do com­plaints fol­low one af­ter the other? if it’s the lat­ter, dur­ing the in­ter­view, you can lever­age that by demon­strat­ing how you can help the com­pany clean up its so­cial me­dia pres­ence.

Also make an ef­fort of check­ing out on­line com­pany re­views for em­ployee tes­ti­mo­ni­als re­lat­ing to things such as how em­ploy­ees feel about work­ing for the com­pany, its com­pany cul­ture and the lead­er­ship.

go­ing into an in­ter­view pre­pared with sta­tis­tics, in­for­ma­tion and in­sights is the best thing you can do for your­self. it’ll al­low you to speak con­fi­dently and in­tel­li­gently about the com­pany, while in­di­rectly show­ing the hir­ing man­ager that you’ll be an as­set to the com­pany. More than that, the hir­ing man­ager will be im­pressed once he/she sees that you’ve done your home­work.

AS a mat­ter of fact, the stress lev­els of the job seeker are equiv­a­lent to that of the hir­ing man­ager

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