Job Interviews -- What Your Pre-Interview Research Should Cover

Written by Mary Brent

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#3: Get to know aboutrepparttar interviewer

A key part of job interview success is about building rapport withrepparttar 147774 interviewer. That's why it helps to find out something about him.

Learn about his background -- educational qualifications and career progression are good starting points. Get an idea about his reputation withinrepparttar 147775 organization.

Find out details like his professional affiliations, hobbies and family. Try to get a sense of his values and personal style -- what kind of person is he?

See if you have anything in common with him. Whether it's hobbies, city where you grew up or anything else. If there is, it's easier to build rapport. Even if there isn't,repparttar 147776 fact-finding you've done will allow you to conduct yourself appropriately atrepparttar 147777 job interview.

#4: Be up-to-date onrepparttar 147778 industry and profession

This isrepparttar 147779 big-picture context you must be aware of. Know about trends and developments inrepparttar 147780 career you've chosen.

This is particularly important if you're changing careers. In that case, your focus will be on your transferable skills. You need to prove that you know what you are getting into and how your existing skills and experience will help you in this new career / profession.

Apart from mainstream news media, trade publications are a great source of information. In addition, seek out someone in your network who can give yourepparttar 147781 inside scoop on what's happening.

Atrepparttar 147782 job interview, you should be able to discuss trends, career paths andrepparttar 147783 skill-set needed to succeed. You are aiming to convey that you have a firm grasp of whatrepparttar 147784 industry and profession is all about and that you are prepared to function effectively.

Learn all pertinent facts aboutrepparttar 147785 industry. How profitable has this industry been over time? What arerepparttar 147786 current growth trends? Is this a mature, slow-growing industry or one ofrepparttar 147787 newer faster-paced ones?

How important is your profession to this industry? Is it a core profession or something that's peripheral torepparttar 147788 industry's success?

What developments could disrupt growth and profitability? These could be related to technology, distribution, changes in market preferences and much more.

This information will allow you to talk intelligently about your industry and profession.

Research isrepparttar 147789 base on which good strategy is built. Takerepparttar 147790 time to do it well and you will have a considerable lead over your competitors.

Mary Brent is an expert on job interviews and careers. Her numerous articles offer valuable interview tips, effective ways to write interview thank you letters and more.

Four Job Interview Mistakes That Can Torpedo Your Chances of Success

Written by Mary Brent

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Make sure you prepare beforehand, outlining specific accomplishments in brief story form. Convey slices of life rather than dull job descriptions.

Interview mistake #3: Not knowing enough about your target organization

It's not enough to read justrepparttar job description in an advertisement before you walk into an interview.

All other candidates have that same information. If that's all you know, you won't be able to distinguish yourself nor be able to tailor your responses to what they're really looking for.

Do your research. Tap your network, online sources,repparttar 147773 company's website, people who currently work there -- in short, use any lead that can give you information aboutrepparttar 147774 organization andrepparttar 147775 job.

Apart from basic facts aboutrepparttar 147776 organization, find out a bit about their culture, whatrepparttar 147777 position you're applying for is actually all about,repparttar 147778 people you'll be working with and more. This kind of information serves two purposes.

One, you'll get a feel for whether this organization will truly fit in with what you're looking for. Second, it helps you prepare better forrepparttar 147779 interview. You'll be able to fine-tune your responses to anticipated questions.

Both are critical to success in your job search.

Interview mistake #4: Not being natural

A remarkable thing happens during job interviews. Someone who's normally down-to-earth, genuine and personable transforms himself into someone else who's formal, stiff and obviously on his best behavior.

He sits with an erect posture, dutifully answers allrepparttar 147780 interviewer's questions and in general, tries to do everything just right.

By not acting naturally, he ends up not connecting withrepparttar 147781 interviewer. When that connection doesn't happen, he will lose out. Irrespective of how much research he has done or how well he has prepared his responses.

That's why one ofrepparttar 147782 best pieces of advice for job interviews is -- be yourself.

Stay clear of these big interviewing mistakes and you'll automatically better your odds or winning. Here's to your success in acingrepparttar 147783 job interview!

Mary Brent is an expert on job interviews and careers. Her numerous articles offer valuable job interview tips, answers to tough questions and more.

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