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Learning about the company and job before the interview, Why and what for?
We can be prepared for the position that we want and have all the disposal to be successful in our job interview, so we ask ourselves: is it important to know the company’s history?
The truth is that when we’re trying to find a job it’s indispensable to have all the information we can get regarding the position we want to have. This isn’t just a good thing for you because you’ll make a good impression, it’s also going to help you answer more relaxed and secure.
The importance this has is that it helps us face unexpected situations better. What does this mean? It might happen that a person has prepared a lot for an interview; because yes, there’s in fact a lot of material in internet that can support us and help us respond the questions successfully; sometimes telling us what the frequent questions are, the common mistakes, etc. However, depending on the demands the position holds, some random questions could be made and if this happened our only solution to not get confused or without knowing what to say is being completely and absolutely ready and informed.
How do I study the position I’m going to apply for?
It’s important to know what we’re facing when we’re applying to a job. Many times we read a job ad with a position that doesn’t seem hard at all and we think that this could be our job without really knowing what it’s about. To study the position correctly we have to check on some things:
- What is the position about? It can sound a bit obvious, but the truth is that sometimes a job with the same name is completely different in two different areas; search for the tasks to be done and effective ways to do them.
- What’s the profile for the position? Attitude, tolerance or capability to work in a team; these are some profile features that some jobs need and getting to know what they are will be your mission.
- What are the “cons” of the job? Sometimes, we only see what the good things in a job are and we forget the bad ones. An interviewer will want to know how you are going to be able to turn those cons into strengths or at least stop them from interfering with your job.
You’ll easily find this type of information on the internet, and if you want to complement your knowledge with experience you can ask someone you know that has worked in the area you’re applying to.
How do I study the company?
The importance of being informed and aware of the company lies basically in the way of orientating the answers correctly in function of the standards the company holds in order to answer effectively.
The evolution of a company in time can say a lot of it; if it’s an older company it might have older customs that they follow. It’s important to know what the principles of a company are and be able to integrate them into our own working thoughts for the job to be done.
Moreover, we can investigate if the company is national or if it operates in other countries or is looking towards expanding into the international market in the future. If the company is international or if this was in their plans, and if we had knowledge of another language or culture of the country or countries in question, we could use this as a personal added value to qualify more for the job.
It’s also important to know where the company’s headed towards, what their goals are along with their projects and how they’re planning to achieve them. The mission, vision and goals are always a part of a company and we cannot present ourselves to an interview without knowing them.
We can’t question the importance of what we’ve mentioned before; being informed about the company’s culture, values, territorial and visionary development or control strategies, among other points, is and will continue to be the key for a good preparation.
Finding information won’t be hard. Nowadays most companies have a website where they provide a lot of helpful information. If we don’t find a website, we can try looking for magazines or social networks of the company, even look them up in blogs or forums where people might’ve left comments based on their experiences with the company.
Being prepared is our task, being informed is vital.
Job success is in your hands and finding it is up to you.
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