Now that your stellar resume has landed you the interview you’ve always wanted, there’s only one more hurdle to jump – the interview. Preparing for an interview can require a lot of facets, but unfortunately, a Google search won’t give you much beyond dressing to impress. But what if you could get the Internet to do some of the prep work for you so you can have more time to match your cornflower tie to your socks. The top three tips from Forbes contributor Jon Youshaei follow, to help you prep for your interview.
- Research Earnings Calls, Quarterly Reports & Blog Posts: In today’s world, content is king. Goldman Sachs publishes quarterly reports, Microsoft records its earning calls, and every startup has a blog. With so much out there, I’m baffled that few of us look past the company’s homepage. It’s like we’re writing an essay on The Odyssey without quoting a single passage from the book.
Example “If you’re interviewing with Google, here’s two ways to answer: “What’s Google’s biggest opportunity in the next 5 years?”
Weak: “I think wearable technology will be big because Google Glass and Apple Watch represent a new trend that shows…”
Strong: “Call me geeky, but I was listening to Google’s quarterly earnings call and was blown away by the fact that display advertising hit over $5 billion in the past few years. Therefore, I think that…”
Neither answer is wrong, but the latter says much more. It shows you’ve done your homework and give answers rooted in data.
- Use Google Alerts: Keeping up with company news is hard, especially if you’re interviewing with multiple places at once. That’s why Google Alerts is a savior; it’s a tool that emails you anytime a new story appears for a specific term. That way, you learn about current events without searching for them.
Example: If you’re applying to Creative Artists Agency, follow these steps:
Go to www.google.com/alerts
Type in “Creative Artists Agency”
Put in your email address if you’re not already logged in to Gmail
Soon enough, you’ll get updates on CAA and have more ammo for your interview.
- Use Social Sweepster To Clean Your Facebook & Twitter: Nowadays, 91% of employers search your social media for any red flags. While most people tell you to watch every single thing you upload, there’s a much easier solution. Use Social Sweepster, an app that detects pictures of red solo cups, beer bottles, and other “suspicious” objects. It even detects profanity from your past posts! Now, that’s f%$king awesome! “Too many recruiters reject candidate because of something they found on their social platforms” Social Sweepster CEO Tom McGrath says. “We help you create the first impression on your own terms.”
Finding your way to the interview is a big step. Use these tips to get all the way through the interview and land the job you always wanted.