“Research is creating new knowledge”……..Neil Armstrong
You need lots of new knowledge. In fact the most successful applicants are the ones that research everything before a job interview. The more you learn and the more you understand, the more likely you are to answer every question with confidence. The following are the most important things to research before a job interview.
1. The Company – It’s fairly common to apply to every company that has a job opening that you think you can get. But the company itself wants to hire people that genuinely want to work for them in particular. To show that you do you should extensively research the company – not only what it does, but its news, its products, its philosophies, and anything you can find about it. See – How to Research a Company Thoroughly.
2. The Job Itself – How well do you actually know the job description and what it entails? What about the role that you’re likely to play in the company? You should know the job description inside and out so that you can prove you are perfect for the role during the interview.
3. The Competitors – It’s not just the company that you need to understand. It’s also their competitors. The competition that the company is up against plays a significant role in your job and the needs of the company, and will tell you more about how the products, services, and company overall are going to progress in the future.
4. Your Resume – Yes, it’s also crucial that you research yourself. What did you tell them on your resume? What did you claim to know? What can you prove? Make sure that you’re ready to defend anything you wrote and that you can solidly show that you didn’t make a single fib. NOTE: If you have anything on your resume that you haven’t used in years, try to re-learn it before the interview.
5. Your Interview – You don’t know what you’re going to be asked. But you do know what you MIGHT be asked. So make sure that you research common and uncommon interview questions, and create answers that are likely to showcase your skills and experience.
The more prepared you are for an interview, the more likely you are to get the job. Remember – you’re competing for the role against other applicants. Show the employer that you’re more prepared and more educated on the company, and you’ll get the job.