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2022 Job Interview Preparation with Glassdoor, Reddit & MORE

You just scheduled an interview with a company where you want to work. Congratulations! Now it’s time for interview preparation. 

Check Out Glassdoor

First, head to Glassdoor.

Why?

Because research conducted by employee engagement firm, Culture Amp, found that high Glassdoor ratings correlate with high employee engagement.

And predictably, low scores correlate with low engagement.

Thus, Glassdoor can give you an initial idea of whether or not you would enjoy working for a particular company.

If you think you wouldn’t accept an offer, you might skip the interview preparation and only do the call or meeting out of curiosity or for practice.

Glassdoor — Job Interview Preparation

But, if the company’s Glassdoor ratings look good, you can dig in and read what people have written about interviewing there.

To see what you can find:

  1. Go to Glassdoor Interview Questions.
  2. Then, enter the company’s name.
  3. Then, unless the company is enormous, read all the results for all the jobs.
  4. You will have to join (free) to read more than 10 results, but it’s worth it.

I recently learned a lot about an upcoming interview for one of my clients.

He should expect:

  1. One-on-one and panel meetings
  2. Behavioral-based interview questions (positive and negative examples)
  3. Case study exercises
  4. Hypothetical questions
  5. Questions about the state-of-the-art in his area of technical expertise
  6. Questions about his team-building and collaboration skills
  7. To be asked what he knows about the company
  8. Conservative dress
  9. “Yes” or “no” feedback within one month
  10. A drug test if he’s offered the job

As you can see, Glassdoor can be an interview prep goldmine.

Reddit — Job Interview Preparation

However, as Glassdoor has gotten more popular, companies have started evaluating their managers on how good they look on the platform. That has led to the gaming of reports and rankings.

So, in addition to Glassdoor, I like to look at Reddit. Although the site is generally a Circle of Hell I avoid, it can yield priceless information about companies and their interview methods.

I think of Reddit as the “unvarnished truth + disgruntled dudes” site for interview preparation.

To check a company out on Reddit, do this:

  1. Type its name into Reddit’s search box and hit return.
  2. After you read those results, type “[company name] AND [interview questions]” into Reddit’s search box and hit return.

If you get hits, buckle up for some exciting reading.

More Options!

Beyond Glassdoor and Reddit, you might find additional sites that cover specific industries.

For instance, Blind covers the auto, aviation, e-commerce/retail, finance, gaming, hardware & semiconductor, health, media & entertainment, tech, and telecom industries.

So, ask trusted colleagues and other people in your industry if they know of any vertical-specific sites that provide employer interview debriefs.

How We Hire

You can also Google:

“how we hire” AND [company name]

That will give you search results and links to where the company describes its hiring process. However, it might only be Talent Acquisition’s fantasy methodology, so be sure to get intel from candidates too. Trust but verify.

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Comments 2

  1. Great reference. I’ve heard of Glass Door but never used it before. Taking a quick look, it seems like a really valuable resource.
    Thanks!
    Mike

  2. Good advice for those in a job search. Wasn’t familiar with glassdoor, another good reference!

    Thank you Al. Donna

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