What are some of the best job in­ter­view re­search prac­tices?

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Vicki Salemi MON­STER CA­REER EX­PERT

Mon­ster’s ca­reer ex­pert Vicki Salemi an­swers user ques­tions on Quora.com. We’re re­pub­lish­ing her an­swers here on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. If you have a ques­tion, email so­cial­me­dia@mon­ster.com.

Q. What are some great job in­ter­view hacks?

A. The best job in­ter­view hacks start with do­ing your home­work. Re­search com­pa­nies’ so­cial me­dia feeds to see what they’ve been up to lately and get a sense of their cul­ture and voice. Google your in­ter­view­ers to learn more about them. Dur­ing your in­ter­view, make ref­er­ences to what you learned from your re­search.

An­other great hack has lit­tle to do with the ac­tual in­ter­view, but can give you lots of in­for­ma­tion. Be ob­ser­vant from the mo­ment you walk through the door — your eyes can give you a good un­der­stand­ing of what it might be like to work for that par­tic­u­lar com­pany. Is it a loud or quiet of­fice en­vi­ron­ment? Are peo­ple work­ing in group set­tings, or alone or both? Do the peo­ple you en­counter seem en­gaged? Do they look tired or en­er­gized?

One sure­fire hack to make the in­ter­view process eas­ier is to write down your ques­tions ahead of time and re­fer to your notes so you don’t have to rely on your me­mory. Use that en­ergy in­stead to ex­press in­ter­est in the com­pany and the po­si­tion. Show­ing off your pas­sion for what you do will go far in im­press­ing the in­ter­view­ers.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the in­ter­view, jot down ques­tions that may have stumped you or that you wish you could have an­swered dif­fer­ently. Use them as guide­lines to prep for your next in­ter­view.

Also make a note of what you talked about with each in­ter­viewer, so when you email your thank-you notes, you can briefly re­fer to specifics, even some­thing per­sonal like, “Thank you again for your time. I hope you have a great va­ca­tion in Italy!”

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