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15 tips for landing - and acing - a job interview

Jeff Snyder | Feb. 5, 2013
Talk about teamwork, be prepared to discuss your weaknesses, don't forget to interview the interviewer, and more advice from an executive recruiter.

9. Research corporate and risk culture: Do your homework before going in and avoid interviewing with companies where you won't appreciate the corporate culture. Researching a company beforehand allows both you and the potential employer to avoid investing time in an incompatible pairing --for example, if a company frowns on multiple piercings or visible tattoos but that is your chosen style.

Learn about a company's risk culture before you interview. If your experience is from a highly-regulated bank, for example, and you dont know how to build a business case without leaning on the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to make your case, you probably won't interview well at a company that is much less regulated and where you have to support your case with business value.

10. Use LinkedIn for research appropriately: LinkedIn is a handy research resource. Use the site to research people who will be part of your interview process, or to find people who used to work where you're about to interview. Don't, however, make the mistake of sending an unsolicited LinkedIn invitation to people you've researched. Some people will think this is creepy and it could adversely affect your interview process.

11. Prepare business and technical questions: If you've done your research on a prospective employer, one of the best ways to demonstrate that is by asking questions. Prepare a few questions for the employer based on your research. In many cases, you may wind up knowing more about the company than the person whos interviewing you. Some of your questions should be technical security-centric questions. Others should focus on business issues you learned about while conducting your research. Some questions should be specifically for the hiring manager. Get to know the person you're considering spending eight or more hours per day with.

12. Interview the interviewer: It is your job to interview a prospective employer as much as it is the employer's job to interview you. Build questions that will help you learn about a hiring manager's managerial style and expectations. Ask others you'll interview with who are not the hiring manager what it is like to work for the hiring manager. Do this homework before you accept an offer. Don't wait until you've already given up your current job to determine that you've gone to work for the wrong boss.

13. Don't put the interviewer on the spot: There is a fine line between showing interest in a position and backing an interviewer into a corner. Come up with a way to clearly demonstrate your interest in a position if you're truly interested, but don't press the interviewer for an immediate assessment of your interview performance. The goal of asking questions is not to put the interviewer on the spot but to gather information.


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