Tips for Getting the Job: Research the Job Description

In my last blog I mentioned that it is important to research the company that you will be interviewing with before going into the interview.  Not only should you research the company before going into the interview, but you should also research the actual job that you are applying for.  Candidates can do this by looking at the job description or job requirements of the job.  Having an idea of what skills are needed for the job you are applying for is extremely important for an interview.

On the company’s website you should find the job description listed for the job you are applying for.  This job description will list specific requirements that are needed to perform the job at hand.  These requirements could consist of leadership, problem solving, time management, etc.  Candidates need to be familiar with the requirements of the job so that they can answer the interview questions correctly.

When in the interview, a candidate should keep in mind the requirements of the job and answer the questions in a manner that highlights these requirements.  For example, if the job you are applying for is specifically looking for candidates who have strong leadership skills, then they should be prepared to answer questions that show how they themselves have been a leader in the past.  The interviewee should tailor each answer to highlight these specific skills.  Also, the interviewer will most likely be asking behavioral based questions that are directed to measuring these specific skills for each candidate.

Researching the specific skills and job requirements that the interviewee is looking for in the interviewer will definitely help in acing the interview.  Having an idea of what the interviewee is looking for in a candidate will help the candidates know what skills they should highlight.  Without researching the job requirements, candidates will not know how to “sell themselves” for the job.  So remember, research the job description before going into the interview.

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