Speaking Intelligently About the Company:
Even if you cant find one good way
to map your background to the company and the job, you will still be ahead of the pack
because you can speak intelligently about the company.
Find ways to work your knowledge into the conversation with the interviewer.
Use the buzzwords and acronyms you saw on
the website. Ask about the recent award the
company just won that you read about in one of the press releases. Mention the article you read by one of the company
founders, which you found by searching in a newsgroup.
Ask if youll be working with folks in the different departments you
learned about from the job listings or a friend who works there. Show that youve done your homework and that
you understand not only the position youre being considered for, but the company as
Many people come to the interview table
with only a vague idea of what the company even does. Your preparation will make you
shine. The hiring manager will be better able
to visualize you as an employee because youve helped them along by pointing out how
well you fit and shown them that you understand what they are looking for. By using insider language and speaking
about specific departments, products, and other items the interviewer is closely involved
with, you sound less like a stranger and more like someone who already works at the
company. If nothing else, youve shown
that youre serious about the position and have done your homework. The fact that you have put some serious research
into learning about the company wont be lost on the hiring manager. If you bring that level of professionalism to an
interview, they cant help but think youll bring that and more to a paying
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