Questions to Ask Before
the Initial Interview
candidates looking for a job don’t prepare well for an initial interview. Even though they may practice interviewing techniques, they often overlook preparation for interviews with specific companies or individuals. So, ask yourself these questions:
•What do I know about the company I’m speaking with? I can’t tell you the number of candidates I have worked with over the years who knew nothing about the company they were interviewing with. Or, what is worse, they researched the wrong company and showed up being totally uninformed or misinformed. The more you know, the better you will interview. This is especially important the longer you interview. People often start out doing this right, but after they have been looking for a while, they get lazy and a bit depressed and stop doing it.
•Have I done my research on the company? Not just by using the Internet. Talk to clients/customers of the company, its suppliers, its competitors, and some of its present or previous employees. Get a leg up on your competition and think of innovative ways of doing your research.
•Do I know anyone in the company? People often move around in the same business from company to company. If you are interviewing with a competitor, supplier, or any organization that might employ someone you know,