Research the Company
With most companies providing extensive information on the Internet, make sure you visit the Company's website.
You should know about the company's products or services, markets, sales volumn and growth. Check out its plant locations, recent stock market activity, and its standing in its particular field.
Once you've found out as much as possible about the company and the job, you're ready for the next step in your pre- interview strategy.
Review Your Resume
Prepare a brief resume (two pages at most) showing your work experience chronologically and highlighting at least one major accomplishment you have held in the past 10 years.
If at all possible, choose examples that show experience that could be of special value to your prospective employer. Proofread your resume carefully for misspellings and grammar, and be sure it is formatted correctly and easy to follow.
Identify Your Strengths
When preparing for an interview identify your four or five most valuable strengths, along with an example of how you've demonstrated each. Think in terms of your responsibilities and your accomplishments and how you achieved them. Explain how this would be a benefit to the company you are interviewing for. In the interview, make sure to share these four to five strengths.
Questions to Ask the Interviewer
Prepare the questions you will be asking during the interview. Remember that this is a "two-way street" The employer will try to determine through questioning if you have the qualifications necessary to do the job. You must determine through questioning whether the company will give you the opportunity for the growth and development you seek. The questions posed by the candidate should be thoughtful and probing.
Sample Questions to Ask During the Interview
- What are some of the more difficult problems facing someone in this position? How do you think these could best be handled?
- In what ways has the company been most successful? What are the best-selling products and services? What is the company's growth plan?
- Where could a person go who is successful in this position and within what time frame? What would be a typical career path?
- What is the culture of the Company?
- What kind of training program is there?
- How is one judged? How is success measured and determined?
- Why do you like working here?