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

Written by Mary Brent

When you go in for a job interview, you're not just a candidate seeking a job. You're a potential problem solver and contributor. To play that role effectively, you must be armed withrepparttar right kind of information. That's what pre-interview research is all about.

Break down your research efforts into four broad areas. That'll make it easier to manage and also ensure you don't leave anything out.

#1: Get insights intorepparttar 147774 organization

This isrepparttar 147775 best place to start your research.

Obviously you should find out aboutrepparttar 147776 organization's products and services,repparttar 147777 markets it serves and how long they have been in existence. Plus, you need to know their organization structure, whorepparttar 147778 top management is, recent trends in growth, profitability and how their stock is performing.

However, to differentiate yourself, you must go beyond these basic facts.

Find out a bit aboutrepparttar 147779 organization culture. Learn about what they look for in employees. What areas are they expanding into inrepparttar 147780 near future?

What arerepparttar 147781 key challenges facingrepparttar 147782 company? Are theserepparttar 147783 same challenges facingrepparttar 147784 industry as a whole? What unique difficulties do they face?

What do people working there think aboutrepparttar 147785 organization? Is there high staff turnover, especially within senior management? What do competitors think ofrepparttar 147786 company?

Based on this information, try to think of what could be done to solve some of their problems. What innovations could help them? What contributions could they value?

#2: Find out aboutrepparttar 147787 job

In many cases, you'll have to wait forrepparttar 147788 interview to get allrepparttar 147789 job details. However, you need to do some digging beforehand.

Who will you be reporting to? What is his / her background and reputation?

Find out aboutrepparttar 147790 general responsibilities inrepparttar 147791 job. What are you expected to deliver on a daily basis? What results do you need to achieve every quarter, every year?

Where does your department fit in withinrepparttar 147792 hierarchy? Who held this job before? Why did he leave? How many people have held this job overrepparttar 147793 past five years? Who arerepparttar 147794 people you'll be supervising?

What arerepparttar 147795 biggest obstacles to performing this job well? What kind of person do they want for this position? What personal qualities are they looking for?

You will need to tap into your network to find answers. Look for leads intorepparttar 147796 target organization and try to get introductions to people working there. The company's clients, vendors and bankers are also good sources of information.

Four Job Interview Mistakes That Can Torpedo Your Chances of Success

Written by Mary Brent

What arerepparttar worst mistakes job hunters make? It turns out there are four big ones. These four mistakes turn up repeatedly when executives responsible for hiring talk aboutrepparttar 147773 reasons why someone didn't get a job offer.

If you make even one of them, you'll drastically reduce your chances of getting selected.

Interview mistake #1: Thinking like a job hunter

The only reason why an employer hires you is because they want you to achieve certain results for them. Or solve specific problems. In other words, you have something of enormous value to offerrepparttar 147774 employer.

Yet, most who turn up for a job interview think thatrepparttar 147775 only one with anything worthwhile to offer isrepparttar 147776 employer. Result -- they treat a job interview as a one-sided affair whererepparttar 147777 interviewer holds all power.

To be successful at interviews, it's essential that you become a full participant inrepparttar 147778 meeting, retaining equal power. Just asrepparttar 147779 employer must judge if you'rerepparttar 147780 right person for them, you must judge if this organization offersrepparttar 147781 right opportunities for you.

Go in with clear objectives of what you need to know about them, while putting your best foot forward in responding to their questions. Obviously, this does not mean being rude or arrogant. It does mean that you are proactive in directingrepparttar 147782 conversation and gettingrepparttar 147783 information you want.

This is very different fromrepparttar 147784 traditional job-hunter's mentality. It's about developing an assertive, confident mindset that'll get you results. Try it.

Interview mistake #2: Getting lost in generalities

When you are asked what you do at work, does your reply sound like a dull recital of an official job description written by a committee?

If so, you're losing a big chance to score atrepparttar 147785 interview.

Yes, employers do want to know what your responsibilities are. But they're more interested in hearing what results you achieved, your specific accomplishments and skills.

To put it another way, they want to hear how you performed at a task rather than just hear about whatrepparttar 147786 task was. Use actual stories with names, products, places and so on.

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