Your first interview will be a screening interview, whether in person or over
the phone, and for that you need to know the basics about the company. Most of
the interviewers will ask you, "What do you know about our company?" Impress
them with a short description of their business and mention one of their
Don't ever walk into an interview unprepared. Read everything you can about
the company. Any information, good or bad about the company is beneficial for
you to know.
Become familiar with the size of the company, as measured by its assets, net
income, revenues, products, employees, and market share. You do not have to
memorize the numbers, just know some rounded figures.
Know what products or services the company delivers to the marketplace.
Determine where they are in the market, and where they plan to go.
Take a look at the cover page graphics, mission statement, summary statement,
financial highlights, and chairperson's letter.
Identify how the firm measures
success. Learn what is important to it, beyond profitability. It can be its
organizational values, stock price, market share, product recognition, strong
stable of products, growth rate, research and development budget, credit
worthiness, cash flow, or some other aspects. The company hires employees who
will help it succeed, thus you will benefit from knowing what is important for
the company to be successful.
DURING AN INTERVIEW
Think before you speak. Organize your thoughts, and present them in an
organized manner. Show interviewers how well you are knowledgeable in the
area. If some questions confuse you, ask for clarifications. If you do not
know an answer to the question, do not panic. You can always say that you have
heard about it, but you have not had a chance to use it in your practice
yet, and because you are pretty knowledgeable in the area, you will be able to
familiarize yourself with it quickly.
Be energetic during the interview. Take notes of information that most
interests you. Show your interest even if the interview is boring. Remember,
interviewers make their decisions based on the interview, and it is in your
interests to show your best sides.
In some occasions, you might misunderstand the name of the interviewer, do not
hesitate to ask for the name again.
Ask your interviewer for a business card and make sure that the information is
current and that you can contact him or her.
AFTER AN INTEVIEW
Send a "Thank You" note to reassure them that you are still interested in a
position and you feel excited to be a part of a company.