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RESEARCH THE COMPANY

The first step is to write out the job specification as you understand it and note any questions that you might have so you can review this information.

Second, it is essential that you go in armed with relevant, up-to-date information about the company. You should print out pages from the companies’ website including current products and services, alliances, business partners, background of executive management team, history (fact sheet), case studies (press room). Additionally, look to obtain information about the companies’ direction, vision, clients, competition and reputation, etc. It is important that you go in with a good understanding of where the company fits into the industry and the marketplace. Highlight important facts that you printed out and study this information as if you were preparing for an exam. Again, review this information with your recruiter before going in.

Other information can be found through the use of your favorite search engine(s) to pull up other relevant corporate details.

For corporate financial information you can use the SEC database of corporate 10K statements. You can also use Hoovers.com to locate company competition as well as senior management within an organization. Ask your recruiter for additional on-line information that might be useful for you to leverage.

DEMONSTRATE A FOCUS

Create a list of specific accomplishments and achievements that demonstrate your skills as they relate to the position. Start with your current position and walk the interviewer through why you were hired and what lead to a promotion or how you have moved up within an organization. Show a progression in your career by telling stories of why you were promoted and what makes you stand out amongst your peers

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