The 4 R’s of Candidate Interview Preparation

By July 15, 2013 No Comments

Trying to find a job can be scary and it is definitely stressful. The most stressful part of it might just be the interview. Interviews can be scary because you get nervous or worried you might say the wrong thing or any number of things people get nervous about before going into a job interview. There are ways to get around this nervousness.

How do you do that? Prepare yourself for the interview. Before an interview, you want to research four topics. Research the company, research the job, research the corporate culture and research your prospective supervisor.

1. Research the company.

The first thing you will do is research the company. What do they do? If you can’t answer that question, you better get to work. Ask yourself do I like the products or services? Do I like the financial strength? What is the financial strength? Do I believe they have a robust future?


2. Research the job.

What is going to be expected of you if you are offered this position? What responsibilities will you have? You need to decide if this job is going to line up with your career needs for the long run.


3. Research the corporate culture.

Most professionals leave an employer because they do not align with the culture. You should make sure that the company culture is going to be a good fit for you. You don’t want to join a new company only to leave because you are unhappy there. Some companies are very structured while others have very little structure, and some are somewhere in between.


4. Research your prospective supervisor.

Is he or she a good mentor? Are they flexible and adaptive? How does senior management view him or her? Remember that your “stock” may be tied to your boss. So make sure that this is someone that you can work well with and that you think you can learn from.

With the four Rs of candidate interview preparation now in your hand, you should be able to prepare for your next job interviews and get through them with ease. You can go into your interview feeling confident and prepared to start your new job. You already know what you are getting yourself into.