In this Career Tips in Five segment, Kim White is joined by Nicolle Lamb, CEO of Lane Marketing, who give us her pro tips on how to Use Your Resources Wisely.
Tip #1 – View Profile on Linkedin
View and connect with the people that you are interviewing with. It will show you are proactively engaging with the company. Use LinkedIn to view the person you will be interviewing with. This is a pro-tip because it can also reduce your nerves. When you know a little more about the people you are meeting with, you can relax a little more in the meeting. You can also find something to ask them about.
Tip #2 – Get to Know the Company
I know you hear this all the time, but few people do it. Does the company have a mission statement or tenets? Make sure you know them if they do. Referencing it in your interview can go a very long way!
Tip #3 – Review the Job Description
Review the job description – Review the job description and role you are interviewing for. Identify the places where your skills and the opportunity align the most. Make sure you are emphasizing these points during the interview. Pro-tip – Don’t over communicate where your skills don’t align. I see this all the time. Maybe it’s nerves; maybe a habit of self-deprecation, but your goal of the interview is to show them where you align with the company not where you don’t.
Tip#4 – Connect with Leadership
Connect with leadership – Make sure you know who is in leadership at the company. Look them up on LinkedIn. Often an interviewer will reference them in the interview and it is a great asset if you know who they are and have done a little research.
Tip#5 – Check Glassdoor reviews
I always say take everything with a grain of salt, but do make sure you are looking at their Glassdoor reviews. It may help you formulate some questions at the end of your interview. Pro-tip – make sure you ask questions. At the end of the interview if you don’t have any questions, as an interviewer I am always questioning how engaged you are and how much you want the role.
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