Résumé building and interviewing tips from the lynda.com human resources team

Published by | Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

The job market has been on many of our minds lately. You may have already checked out Laurie Burruss’ course on creating an online résumé to help you get prepared for an upcoming career change.

I spent some time with the lynda.com human resource team and asked them to share a few tips on successful interviewing to help you in your job search. Here are their top four interviewing tips.

1. Do Your Research on the Company

Before going to an interview with a potential employer, always know as much as you can about the company. Find out what drives the company. How long have they been in business? How many employees do they have? What are the main products and services? This kind of information will help you understand what they might be looking for in an individual. Employers like to know applicants have done some research rather than coming in cold.

A good resource to start with would be checking out the company’s About Us page.

The lynda.com About Us page gives an overview of the company mission and motivation, and links to further company information.

2. Understand the Company Culture

It is important to have a strong understanding of the company culture.  This will help you identify whether this is a match for both parties. Most companies hire according to the cultural match. After researching the company, you should have good idea.

Here are few things to watch for to better understand a company’s culture: Find out when the company was founded, search how they came about, how many employees they have, how quickly they’ve grown or are growing, and research some of the current company employees if they are listed on the company site.

You can get a good feel for culture by checking out the company blog, newsletters, podcasts, and their social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

3. Have Questions to Ask

Have a few solid questions to ask regarding the position and the company. This gives the employer the impression you are truly interested in the position, and not just the idea of a job. You can save the questions regarding benefits and compensation for another time, or at least until later in the conversation. The employer needs to know that your main interest is in the responsibilities of the position and the value of the company.  Most of the time after an interview the benefits and compensation questions will be answered without asking.

4. Associate Yourself with the Position

Arrive to the interview with a plan on how you can make a difference in the role. When interviewing, you will learn bits and pieces of the position with each question. It is your job to explain how you have done this in a previous role and how you can apply it in the role you are interviewing for. The resume can only show so much. Giving examples of your experience that pertain to the position will only help the employer better understand your abilities. Do not over do it; let the employer run the interview.

Before you arrive, read the job description online again so that you are prepared and confident.

Above all, always have a positive disposition. Good luck!

Do you have interview tips that have worked well for you? Feel free to share them here.

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