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Research, Research, Research

10 Nov

It is so so SO important to research the company you are interviewing for. Throwing around a couple of facts or recent pieces of news can really make a difference during the interview.

When I first started interviewing during my senior year of college (2008-2009), my research consisted of just looking at the company’s mission. And that was it. Yes, that is important but should not be all you should focus on. Take a good look at the website. Is there anything that the company does that is interesting to you and you want to learn more about? That’s something you could mention when an interviewer asks if you have any questions. Google the company. Even check out its place in the stock market (if applicable). If it is a non-profit, make sure you are passionate about its cause or else the interviewer will know if you aren’t. Find out something about the company that may be relevant to your position. Research any changes that could be occuring. If it manufactures a product, learn about it.

Also, it is important to make sure your little facets of knowledge about the company aren’t randomly placed. Exhibit A:

Recruiter: “Why do you feel you would be a fit at Monsters, Inc.”

Sully: “I feel that I scare well enough to belong…So your stocks are now at $50 per share? Cool.”

It does not work like that and it could work against you as the job-seeker. Aim for something like Exhibit B:

Recruiter: “What do you feel you could contribute to Monster’s, Inc?

Sully: “I feel that over the years, my scaring skills have progressed qualitatively. I recently saw an article about Monsters, Inc. that you are looking into a new scaring method for children. I have had experience with this particular method in the past at another company and I could offer this expertise.”

I wanted to make this slightly funny but I hope you understand what I mean when this is translated to the real world. Being armed with a few pieces of information about the company will help immensely in interview and even just in applying. I’ve had interviewers say “Did you see this section on our website?” or “What do you know about what we do?” So be prepared.

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Suit Up and Be Awesome

23 Oct

You will see advice everywhere on what to wear to an interview. How do you make your decision?

I say, in the words of How I Met Your Mother’s Barney Stinson,

 

It is possible that you could wear a pair of slacks (khaki or dress pants of some sort) and a nice shirt but I say that will not look nearly as professional as a suit (this goes for both men and women). A suit says “Hi, I’m ready to take on the world and get me a job!” I know some work environments are very casual but wearing a suit shows off your professionalism. Where I currently work, jeans and sneakers are the norm but I still wore a suit to interview. It’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed in my opinion.

It is well-worth it to invest in a suit for your job interviews. Most likely, you will use the suit multiple times. Once you land your dream job, you could wear the pieces separately if you will be working in a business casual environment. For girls, a  good suit with either pants or a long (and I stress long) skirt can be bought at places such as Macy’s Department Stores or New York & Company without completely breaking the bank. If you buy the suit as separates, MAKE SURE THEY MATCH in different kinds of lighting. Men, it is slightly easier for you to find them but you could also check out Macy’s along with Men’s Wearhouse. Makes sure you add a pop of color whether it be a light blue dress shirt or amethyst earrings. It’s boring to have a white shirt (especially for women. Men, you wear a white shirt with an appropriately-colored tie) with no color. If you interview multiple rounds at the same place, it’s good to have a couple of different colored button-up shirts on hand.

Have a great weekend!