Thursday, March 13, 2008

Be Prepared for Job Interview

Find out everything you can about the company before your interview. Read any reports or brochures you can find. Also, try to contact somebody you know who works at the company, preferably a friend, acquaintance, or someone who attended the same college as you did. Other source materials include

➤ F & S Index of Corporations and Industries
➤ Fitch Corporation manuals
➤ Moody’s manuals
➤ McRae’s Bluebook
➤ Standard and Poor’s Register

Some of the things you should find out about the company you are interviewing
with are

➤ The correct pronunciation and spelling of its name
➤ The business of the company: what it produces or what services it provides
➤ Whether it’s a national or international company, as opposed to regional or
➤ The size of the company
➤ Its attitude toward women and minorities
➤ How long the company has been in business
➤ Its general reputation
➤ The reputation the company has for working conditions and environment

Before your interview, you should also find out everything you can about yourself. Take a long, honest look at yourself and be prepared to talk about your traits. One way to help with this process is to make a list of the important points about yourself, including

➤ Your level of education
➤ How much and what kind of volunteer work you’ve done
➤ Any honors and awards that you’ve received
➤ Your interests, hobbies
➤ Why you want to work for this company
➤ The abilities you can bring to the company

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