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Always Prepare ... Especially for Job Interviews!

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  …  Benjamin Franklin

It doesn’t matter what you are doing, if it is important then you MUST do the prep!

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion’.”… Muhammad Ali

I don’t know that anyone reading this blog will become a world champion, but we all likely strive to be good at whatever it is that we do! 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” … Colin Powell

If you have an IMPORTANT meeting, phone call, discussion, planning session or speech to give … you have to prepare.  You have to have your facts straight, your content clear and if you are “on stage” you had better know your material.

Preparation For JOB Interviews

In my line of business I am always surprised by the people who do NOT prepare for job interviews!  If you don’t really want the job then don’t waste the interviewer’s time … but if you DO want the job then preparation is crucial.

Never go for a job interview without some basic understanding of the company you are interviewing with.  A Google search should reveal everything you need to know.  What do they do? Where are they located?  Are they publicly traded … and if so how is their stock doing?  Have they been in the news lately?  Who are the executive?  What are their Vision, Mission and Core Values? 

Try to get some “inside scoop” … do you know someone that works there?  Ask the recruiter, or whoever calls to set up an interview, some basic questions about the place you might work.  What is the culture like?  What about the dress code?   Are there amenities on site … cafe etc?  what do people like about working there? 

You need to find out as much as you can a bout the job before going.  You saw a basic job description, but what else can you find out?  Who would you be working for and what is that person like?  How big is the group?  Why is the position available?  What are the plans for the group?

You should have some questions ready to ask the interviewer.  They should be well thought out questions … perhaps some of the questions here that you could not find answers to.  Perhaps questions about the strategic direction of the company?  Questions about turnover at the company?  Questions about opportunities to move to other locations in the future etc.  It is really quite lame to say. “No I don’t have any questions … you have been very thorough!”

You should be prepared logistically before you head out for the interview.  Have your clothes ready … dressing appropriately and looking smart.  You should know the route and how you will get there.  You should take a notebook and be ready o take notes (TAKE NOTES during your interview).  Get there a few minutes early and review your research before going in.  Turn OFF your cell phone before going in and do not sit waiting in the lobby playing games on your PDA!

Preparation sets you up for success, it tells your interviewer that you are serious and will set you apart from those who decide to “wing it”!

“Luck is preparation meeting opportunity.”… Oprah Winfrey