Job interviews are tough but one way of making them easier is by doing your research. Researching and preparing before a job interview can help you to feel more confident and can up your chances of progressing to the final stage.
Why is Research So Important?
Think about it – you’ve just turned up to an interview and you are asked some questions about why you want the role and why you want to work for the company. You haven’t really thought about why – you haven’t looked into the company history. You know nothing about the culture or what their overall aim is. You simply found their job vacancy on the net and applied without thinking. This scenario will demonstrate that you aren’t actually that interested in progressing with the company and will really affect your chances of winning the job.
What Research Do I Need to Do?
It’s entirely up to you but here are some ideas of how you can research before a job interview;
- Look at the company website and find out about their history. You should be able to find details about employees and directors too so try and read up on this.
- Networking. If you network at events where similar companies are, you’ll be able to find out more about the industry. This will really help when you are preparing job interview questions.
- Ask questions – whether it’s at a networking event or just speaking with a friend. Asking questions will help you to determine why exactly you want to work for the company.
- Look at your own work experience and try and relate it to the company – have you achieved anything in the past that can be related to this new role?
- Look at your CV and try and tie in your skills with the job description.
Researching like this will really help you during a job interview. You will demonstrate that you are well prepared and very interested in the role – which will all help to impress the employer.