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You need to learn as much as you can about position for which you are interviewing. Why does position exist – are you replacing someone or is this a new position created because of company growth? If you are replacing someone, is it because they retired, resigned or were terminated? Understand fundamental responsibilities of position, especially in relationship to similar positions you have held in past. Know what possibilities exist for your growth within position and company.
Research company, using Google, Dunn & Bradstreet, Hoover's, Standard and Poors, or any of other sources of corporate information. Who are its competitors in marketplace and what percentage of market do they own? Are their processes state of art and at cutting edge of technology? Are they a public company or privately held? If public, how are they perceived by investment advisors, what is their earnings track and how has their stock performed? If a privately held company, is it a family-run business with non-family members being in minority? That would be ok; however, it could affect your chances for future promotions and growth.
Know industry. The company might be at forefront in terms of their processes, sales and marketing efforts, and growth, but its industry may be on its way out. If you see a delicious-looking apple growing on a dying tree, you might hesitate before pulling it off and taking a bite.
Do your research in all these areas so you can be well-prepared. Get on Internet and find out everything you can. Make phone calls. Make sure you know all there is to know, so that you will go to your interview with great confidence and self-assurance.
Come to interview dressed appropriately. Establish a comfort level early in interview and maintain that rapport throughout. The initial handshake must be firm but not gripping. Eye contact is critical throughout interview. How you sit in your chair and shift your posture can make or break your effectiveness. Remember, you’re there to sell yourself, so be sure to ask for offer before interview is over. Fully armed, you can ask all right questions and come away a success.
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David Richter is a recognized authority in career coaching. His extensive knowledge and experience gained from many years in recruitment, outplacement and career management has allowed David to formulate powerful strategies anyone can use to secure interviews and receive offers. David holds Masters in both Engineering and Counseling Psychology. David's website is: http://www.procareercoach.com