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Do You Get Insight Before an Interview?

From personal experience and working in recruitment, “where do I start preparing?” would be the biggest thing I get anxious about. Each recruitment process that a recruiter will go through with their candidates and hiring parties will always have a different process that follow a logical pattern.

March 2018

Do You Get Insight Before an Interview?

From personal experience and working in recruitment, “where do I start preparing?” would be the biggest thing I get anxious about. Each recruitment process that a recruiter will go through with their candidates and hiring parties will always have a different process that follow a logical pattern. This has always been the case since the dawn of recruitment.

 

But what if you don’t have a recruiter? Or you don’t quite trust the insight your recruiter is telling you?

 

If you aren’t involved in the recruitment process, it wouldn’t interest you unless it affects you directly. But it’s good to know this information regardless, so that you get insight if you were to become a hiring manager, you know what your potential candidates would be doing to prepare.

 

Here are a few tips and tricks to get your insights.

 

  • Why is the position open?

This one you can’t answer until you meet with the interviewer or the recruiter tells you. But ask yourself the reasons why. The most common reasons are – “New projects that need new people” or “Back-full a position”

  • What does the team composition look like?

If you don’t get this information from the recruiter you work with, you can always do a LinkedIn search for people in the company that work in X department. That would paint a picture for you. But for the most part the hiring manager or the recruiter would have this insight.

  • What is the company culture on a day to day basis?

You can get the gist of their company through their website or social media. But if they don’t then it’s going to be hard to get the jump on their culture unless a recruiter tells you based on their experience.

  • What is the hiring manager like in terms of personality?

You can get an idea from a LinkedIn profile what they are like and what their history is on activity but some people don’t show their personality or their habits on social media so do your best and assume they are nice until you experience it for yourself. Most managers are really nice, but I can’t speak for all of them.

  • What’s the project/function they might have in mind?

This is where your detective skills come in handy and search for news on the company. Often what you would find is your project would be associate to news that has happened a few months ago if you want to be smart and forecast your potential work – but if it’s a big company or a company with limited news – it would be hard to know. Either that or the recruiter you work with will have the brief.

 

What you don’t often think about is questions that we take for granted or we don’t think they would ask because the concept would be to “interview the candidate”.

What you don’t often think about is questions that we take for granted or we don’t think they would ask because the concept would be to “interview the candidate”.

 

This has been a crux in how the candidates we work with are able to secure their positions. Advanced foresight of what to expect so they can best perform without the fear of the unknown.

 

At the end of the interview – you will know if you’ve had good call or good meeting. The feeling of satisfaction at the level of information that was discussed would you leave you feeling content but not overly positive or negative to warp your expectations. If it goes well, it can only get better. But if doesn’t then at least it can’t get any worse.

 

Do you think insight is important prior to an interview? Let us know what you think!