Perspectives

Interviewing for the Inexperienced

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Maybe interviews make you nervous. Maybe they do not, and you’re sure you have this one in the bag. Either way, do yourself a favor and take a moment to prepare. As a recruiter at Creatives On Call, a placement agency for the marketing industry, I prep countless folks for interviews, from students looking for a first real-world job to experienced professionals reaching for that dream position. My unique position as the liaison between companies who are hiring and the talent they need gives me an insight that I am happy to share, especially with individuals looking to launch a career!

Part One: Research, Stalking…. Whatever you want to call it.

It happened. You finally got a call back from that place you randomly sent a resume to along with 50 other random applications while surfing the web in the middle of the night. First of all, congrats. They picked you out of countless other applicants to spend their valuable time. Now, it is time to prepare and prove that you are the best person for the job. After you figure out just what company you applied to, start to do some research.

Check out their website and look for a mission statement, note the style (are they laid back or buttoned up), and see if you can figure out details like clients or big projects.

  • Scope out LinkedIn (you have a profile, right?) and look at what kinds of people are working there. Do you know any of them? Better yet, find someone with the job title that you are interviewing for: how do you compare? If you know the name of your interviewer, take some time to check out his/her profile as well. Go ahead and connect with your interviewer and send a quick LinkedIn message letting them know you are looking forward to speaking further about this exciting opportunity. (Pro tip: DO NOT connect with the person who has the same job title you are interviewing for. You might just be interviewing for their job. Surprise!)
  • Now, look up the company on other social platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. This is a great place to get up-to- date info and a general vibe of the company’s personality. Make sure to follow/like their pages.
  • Finally, head over to Glassdoor.com and read some reviews from people who have worked there. This could be a deal breaker or just something to keep in mind. Heck, maybe everyone loves working there, and you will get to bring your dog to work too! Anything can happen.

Stay tuned for Part Two: THIS IS A TEST where I will tell you all about how to prepare for the meat of the interview, the questions!

In the meantime, share with us your most memorable interview moments (good or bad).

Don’t worry. We’ve all had them and can laugh about them….now. LOL!