Preparing for the Interview
Research the Employer
The more information you have about a prospective employer, the better prepared you will be during the interview. You need to know about the organization's products, trends, and employment requirements. This is vital for interview preparation.
Suggested information to review on the company:
- Name, age, location, and number of plants, offices, and stores
- Type of products or services
- Growth history
- Anticipated growth (current size within industry)
- Current challenges (chief competitors)
- Parent company
- Major activity of company
- Annual report (if they are publicly held)
Many information sources such as newspapers, industry publications and directories can help the job seeker in researching companies. You should be able to locate most of these in a public library. Some examples include:
- American's Corporate Families
- Annual Reports
- Chamber of Commerce Membership Directory (Local)
- Dallas Business Journal
- Directory of Business Information Resources
- Directory of Corporation Affiliations
- Dun & Bradstreet Business Information Reports
- Employer's Annual Reports
- Fortune Magazine
- Industry Magazines (Specific to your field)
- MacRae's State Industrial Directory
- Million Dollar Directory
- Moody's Manual
- Newspapers (Local)
- Standard and Poor's Register of Corporations, Directors, and Executives
- Thomas Register of American Manufacturers
- Wall Street Journal
The Internet also provides a vast amount of resources for researching companies. Start with our Resources.
5 Things About You
Here are five things that most employers want to know about you.
- They want to know if you are qualified for the position.
- What are your greatest strengths?
- Do you have experience in this field?
- What do you believe you bring to this job?
- Why should I hire you?
- They want to know what motivates you.
- What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
- Where do you see yourself five years from now?
- What is more important to you, the money or the job?
- What did you like most about your last job?
- They want to know about the negatives.
- Why did you leave your previous job?
- What did you like least about your last supervisor?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What did you like least about your last job?
- Why have you been unemployed so long?
- They want to know if you are a good fit.
- What kind of people do you find it hard to work with?
- Tell me about a time when you worked as a member of a team.
- In what kind of environment are you most comfortable?
- Do you prefer to work alone or with others?
- They want to know if you want their job with their company.
- What are you looking for in a position?
- Who else are you interviewing with?
- Why are you interested in this position?
- What do you know about the company?