A Few Simple Reminders for Your Interview Preparation | JobSearchTV.com

Preparing for interviews is more than being ready to answer, “Tell me about yourself.” Here are a few reminders that will get you ready better.

Read Full Transcript

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter, the head coach for jJobSearchCoachingHQ, com. I'm a career and leadership coach. I worked in executive search for more than 40 years.

This video is a basic reminder about interview preparation. And I know you know that you're supposed to understand what the employer does. And I know you know, certain other things, but I'm just going to be safe rather than have you be sorry.

So, step number one is when you get your calendar from them . . . from the employer you're interviewing with. Now they may say you have a 2:30 appointment to meet so and so in HR. "Who else am I scheduled to meet with," should be the next question. "What do they do and how much time am I going to spend with them (or with each person on the calendar)?

Part of that is managing your expectations so that you feel comfortable with a timeline. After all, if you have a 2:30 appointment with HR and it's scheduled to last for 30 minutes, it's nice to know that they also have a 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 and a 5 scheduled for you, right? As opposed to having this drag out there. It also allows you, if they're running a little bit late, you have the ability to say, "I'm sorry I came in a few minutes late. So and so kept me over time a little bit. So, my apologies," and you can just go on.

Understand what each person at this firm that's on your schedule does for the firm. And you can do that, of course, on LinkedIn. But also take a quick look at Facebook to see if you can find them. Take a look at Quora, YouTube, Google, You know just explore.

So for example, if you did a Google search you put their name in, the current company name in and thus you can, especially for more senior people, you might find out some of the things that they've done publicly. It gives you a reference point. Sometimes they've been interviewed and the interview appears on Google. It just gives you more data about them.

Now, we all know what the major firms do but smaller and mid sized firms, we may not have as much comprehensive knowledge about and, thus, doing a Google search to research the firm is really very helpful.

Also, go to Glassdoor. Look up the organization and see what employees have said about them. Now, I want to be clear, you take out the praise, and you take out the violent criticism. You know what I mean by that. You know, that disgruntled employee who has a place to vent This is of no value to you, unless you see hundreds of posts like that at which point you pay attention to.

However, the one that's going to be most useful to you are the ones in the middle of the two extremes that are somewhat textured, because what they tell you about is the real life. The great praise . . . that could come from the employer themselves. The violent criticism could come from the incompetent employee who got fired. Neither one is really valuable, but the one in the middle is.

So, do some homework before you walk in, and get ready for your interview and also practice the answers to the predictable interview questions that you'll be receiving. If you'd like that my help with preparing you for the interview and those questions, reach out to me through LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/TheBigGameHunter. Once we're connected, message that you're interested in coaching. We'll set up time for a free discovery call.

Also, I've got thousands of posts available at my website, which is TheBigGameHunter.us, on YouTube and you can get to my channel there at JobSearchTV.com or on BingeNetworks.tv, which is an app for fireTV, Apple TV, Roku, 90 video services that you'll be able to watch my content.

Hope you have a great day and take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.


Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Watch my videos on YouTube at JobSearchTV.com, the Job SearchTV app for FireTV or BingeNetworks.tv for AppleTV, Roku and 90 other devices

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.” If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle.”

Would you like to talk through a salary negotiation or potential negotiation you’re involved with? Order and schedule time with me.

Do you have questions or would like advice about networking or any aspect of your search. Order and schedule time with me.

Would you like me to critique your resume. Order a critique from me

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

About the author

%d bloggers like this: