Whether it’s your first or fifteenth job interview, it’s good practice to do some research beforehand. That includes knowing any recent news about the company, like product releases, stock performance, upcoming releases, etc., to prove to your interviewer that you’re up-to-date and truly interested in the position.
But a really impressive job seeker will take this one step further and actually research the person who will be administering the interview. Creating rapport is vital to a successful interview, and if you’re armed with a few basic facts about the person on the other end of the phone (or other side of the conference table) you’ll be a step ahead of your competition.
Here are three tools to help you research your interviewer:
This should be fairly obvious, but not everyone uses the network as much — or as well — as they could. As soon as you know the name of the person interviewing you (which most companies will tell you a few days in advance), the first thing you should do is look him or her up on LinkedIn.
This network will give you a better understanding of what the interviewer’s job is so you know how you’d relate to him in your potential position. Will you be his assistant, peer, or on a different team altogether?
Look at her past employment, as well as her education. At the end of the interview, when she asks, “So do you have any questions for me?” you’ll be ready to respond with something like, “What made you decide to move from Company A to Company B?” She’ll be impressed that you know her history, and you’ll get a better idea of how your interviewer feels about the company.