Doing Research for The Interview |

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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Whether you are interviewing with a large firm, a startup or a small to mid-sized company, it is important to do research for your interview.

Whether you’re interviewing with a large firm, or a startup, or a tiny firm, it makes sense to do research before the interview, in order to ensure that you understand what we’re setting foot into.

Now, the way to do it starts off with the job description, not because it’s going to be completely accurate, but because it’s going to give you a framework that will allow you to prepare. Yes, go to the firm’s website, go through the website, look for clues in there about how the job you’re interviewing for might fit into the organization. Yes, go to LinkedIn. Look at the profile of the person or people you’re going to be interviewing with, to see if there are clues into their background, that’s gonna allow you to connect with them, or to feel comfortable with them.

But don’t just stop there. Go to Twitter, go to Insta, go to Facebook. See if you can find them. There’s often there more information that’s going to allow you to connect on the other platforms, and not just simply on LinkedIn. Also, I want to remind you that you and they may be connected with the same people. And thus there are people in your network that might be able to brief you as to what the interview is going to be like that you’re going to walk into.

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Recruiters may be able to do that, or at least third party recruiters may be able to do that. But there’s nuance to actual people that you have a relationship with, and who they have a relationship with who might be able to point you to certain things that they cover.

Go to Glassdoor, Fishbowl, any other site that’s going to give you data about what their interviews are going to be like. This is all about building up comfort and getting to understand what it is you’re walking into at the time of your interview.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff 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, 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 over 2300 episodes.

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