As a recruiter, I expect candidates to be well prepared for their interviews, this includes being well-versed in our industry & our company. With all the information available on the internet, there is no excuse not to be!
Below, I’ve included an outline of some different research you can do before applying. For this purpose, I’ve broken it down into 4 levels.
Know the Industry
Key Companies: Industry Leaders (Fortune 500 & Smaller Independent Companies)
Key Business Deals: Mergers/Acquisitions, Leadership Changes, Industry News Websites/Periodicals
Industry Trends: Revenue Streams, Fiscal Year Calendar, Emerging Technologies/Software, Areas of Growth, Company Performance (trending up/trending down)
Industry Terminology: Nomenclature, Abbreviations, Seasons/Cycles, Ratings System
Know the Company
Company Name & Nomenclature: Company Legal Name & Affiliated Companies; Acronyms
Company Mission Statement: Compare to your own goals and aspirations
Key Players: CEO, CFO, Chairman, SVP (Company Corporate Site)
Company Structure: Income Reporting, Department Leaders, Department Structure, Likely Partnerships/Collaboration, Opportunity/Programs for Career Advancement, Position Titling
Know the Role
Job Description: Identify minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, repeated words/characteristics, departments mentioned and projects tasked.
Customize Resume & Cover Letter: Include description of general responsibilities and customize with your skills/projects that are directly applicable to the skills/projects listed in the job description.
Key Talking Points: Anticipate likely questions to be asked by a recruiter/hiring manager and create a list of talking points with concrete examples regarding your prior experience.
Prepare Questions: Create a minimum of 3 questions specific to this position/company and have them prepared should you be contacted.
Research Average Compensation: Research and create a large salary range that would be acceptable if offered; remain flexible.
Phone/Email Settings: Establish a professional email address, phone message, call ring & call back tone; avoid musical call tones.
Social Media Settings: Make profiles/twitter pages private, edit questionable photos, select appropriate profile picture, & avoid making charged political statements/viewpoints.
Interview Clothing: Prepare 2 outfits as you may be required to participate in multiple interview rounds. The focus should be on you and not your clothing. When in doubt, consult interview scheduler or professional mentors.
Recruitment Notebook/Binder: Create a recruitment notebook or binder including all industry notes, company notes, job descriptions, customized resumes, talking points & prepared questions. Review the notebook periodically as you will be required to speak to the position if contacted.
Maintain Flexible Calendar: Defer large vacations, trips or other commitments that will delay/limit youravailability for an interview or an early start date.
Maintain a Flexible Schedule: Clear large blocks of time so that you may field phone calls & schedule interviews.
Most candidates think that the recruitment process starts the second you hit “apply”. If fact, most effective job seekers do the above work before they make that “mouse” click.
Happy Job Hunting!