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Preparing For The Interview To Get A Competitive Edge Preparing for the Interview to Get a Competitive Edge

If you’re really interested in a position, you want to do everything you can to stand out from any other candidates still in the running for the job so you will have the best chance of being selected.  Being willing to do a little pre-work and conduct some informal research before the interview will go a long way toward positioning you as a strong candidate.

As you already know,  there’s a possibility that other candidates may have items on their resume that you don’t have on yours.  They may have more education, more experience, or additional skills you don’t currently have.  Don’t worry about that. These are things you should be aware of but not obsess over.  They selected all of you as possible candidates, and will determine through the interviews who they feel would do best at the job.  Follow the steps below to learn more about the company and the position you will be able to get a competitive edge in the interview.

Read the Company  Web Site

Find the company’s web site on the internet and carefully read the content. Company web sites can be a bit on the dry side, so you may need to remind yourself to stay focused in some areas.  Try to paraphrase what you are reading in your own words if you come across passages that contain a lot of jargon.  It’s helpful to print off some of this material so you can go over it with a highlighter.  This helps you to remember what you have read and also gives you a great tool to refresh your memory the morning of the interview. The idea is to soak up as much information about the company as you can.  Here are some suggestions on what to look for:

How long has the company been in business? How many locations do they have?  If they have a corporate headquarters, where is it located?

Are they a public company or a privately held? Are they an offshoot or division of another company?

If they are public, how long have they been public? How is the stock doing?

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