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Want the job? Ask for the Inside Scoop!

August 22, 2012 by  
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The more you know about each company, the job description, the company’s services and projects, its history, latest news, accomplishments, its mission, vision, and values, the better you will be able to sell yourself as someone who is qualified for the job and can make a true contribution to the company. Does that sound like a tall order?  You bet it is, but in today’s competitive market, there’s no better investment you can make than knowing as much as you can and being prepared for a great interview, should the opportunity arise.

Here are a few online tips to help you gather as much information as you can about the position and the company:

One great source of easily accessible information is LinkedIn. Search the company name and you will find people who work there or who have worked there. Don’t connect to anyone on Linkedin without taking their tutorials first – there are rules about connecting and you want to be sure you abide by them and do not jeopardize your own presence. Instead, find them on Google and email them (I suggest former employees) and ask for their advice and insight. However, if they don’t respond, move on. If they do respond, ask them about the culture, tell them you are very interested in the company and will soon be interviewing for a position. People are always willing to help when you ask for advice. In addition look at their profiles. You may find someone who is in the same position you are interviewing for in another location or someone who had your position and has been promoted. You may also find someone who worked at the company previously.

Likewise, check Facebook for a company page and check to see if anyone is Tweeting about the company on Twitter.

A word of caution: You must tread lightly here. You don’t want to be viewed as a stalker, hounding people who work at the company where you are interviewing. Keep your professionalism and respect appropriate boundaries at all times.

Ellyn Small Enisman, LCSW, Certified Coach
Interview Coach
Author of the highly acclaimed book,Job Interview Skills 101

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