No-Brainer Job Interview Prep

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by Donna Svei on October 3, 2011

You just scheduled a job interview. Congratulations! You want to prepare to ace it. What’s your first step? Visit Glassdoor.com to see how much you can learn about the company’s interviewing practices.

Specifically:

  1. Go to Glassdoor’s “Interviews” page here.
  2. Enter the company’s name.
  3. Read all the results for all the jobs.
  4. You will have to join to read more than 10 results. It’s worth it.

Here’s what I just learned about a resume client’s upcoming interview:

  1. He should expect one-on-one and panel interviews.
  2. He should expect behavioral based interview questions using the STAR (SiTuation, Action, Result) technique. Interviewers ask for both positive and negative examples.
  3. He should expect to be given case studies and/or hypothetical questions where he will need to analyze information and describe the action he would take.
  4. He should expect questions about the state of the art in his area of technical expertise.
  5. The company has a strong team culture. We need to prepare my client to answer questions about his team building, leadership, and collaboration skills.
  6. Interviewers probe to find out how much candidates have learned about the company. My client will need to read “What Do You Know About Our Company?” here and prepare himself to answer that question and to ask questions.
  7. Employees dress conservatively.
  8. Most interviewees had “yes” or “no” feedback within one month.
  9. The company conducts drug tests as a condition of employment.

If people have used Glassdoor.com to report on your company of interest, you will find a gold mine of information to help you prepare for your next interview! Oh, and remember to pay it forward by sharing information about your interviews there as well.

I write executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Save time. Get hired. Email me at donnasvei@gmail.com or call me at (208) 721-0131.

Image: Calita Kabir

Updated February 2014.

 

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