But to be really prepared, you need to go a lot deeper than this. You need to employ stealthy job search tactics.
Why? Because doing your stealthy due diligence before, during, and after an actual interview can reveal a lot more information than you can possibly glean during a 45 minute interview. And for many, what is learned during their “black ops” moments can mean deciding to take the job offer, or not.
To learn more about the potential employer you are about to interview with, here are some job stealth mode tactics you can implement immediately:
- Look at other job postings by the same company… does the same job or other departmental jobs keep turning over?
- When you Google the company using the “News” function – has the business had any issues that have gone public?
- Do they have a lot of followers on their Facebook and Twitter accounts?
- Do the posts / tweets reflect what you’d like to see in an employer?
- What are customers (and employees) saying about them on Yelp and Glassdoor?
- What do your contacts on LinkedIn think about the company – who do you know that already works there and give you the REAL skinny?
- When you view the company account on LinkedIn, what do you see – any red flags come up while browsing the company, their followers, recent posts and job listings?
- When arriving for the interview, how were you treated in reception?
- What was your gut reaction when you walked in the door? (Believe it or not, your instincts are usually dead-on!)
- If a panel interview format is used, how do interviewers treat each other?
- Digging around in industry blogs can unsurfaced posts created by people at the same company, and this content can serve to help create a bigger aggregate picture of the business.
Attending industry events such as tradeshows, monthly industry education programs, or social events – and acting like any other potential customer or an industry colleague – can also help you operate in complete blackout mode. There, you can casually ask questions that can yield a lot of answers about how those manning the booth, and others in attendance, perceive a company.
The more information you can gather about a target company and its culture while in stealth mode can provide critical clues.
Take your time. Go stealthy. Learn everything you can. And avoid a huge career mistake!
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Pathfinder Writing and Career Services.
About the Author: Dawn Rasmussen, CMP, is the president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, where she provides results-oriented résumé, cover letter, and job search coaching services. She is the official “Get the Job” columnist for One+ Magazine distributed to over 26,000 meeting professionals worldwide, and Talentzoo.com, a job resource site for creative and marketing professionals. Dawn is also a recognized career expert on Careerealism.com – a top 10 world-ranked career advice blog – and a regular contributor to TalentCulture.com’s weekly meeting #tchat on Twitter. Follow Dawn on Twitter!
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