Research and Development
Clicking the “Apply” button seems quite easy these days for job seekers. Some apply to relevant posts only and others click away their CVs. Some believe in reading the advert before applying and some believe any job posting means an opportunity. Depending on your job seeking method, you might still receive a phone call inquiring about your application to the role.
Recruiters give you a call not only to schedule an interview, but test your knowledge on the role and the company. This method is used to check if you have done your due diligence and if you are genuinely interested in the role and the company you applied to. If a recruiter understands you were clicking away your CV, your chances of attending an interview become null.
Research is a key step in your application process.
As simple as viewing the company’s website before you apply, having a basic understanding of what the company does and reading the job description of the role will help you put your foot through the door. Aside from helping you obtain an interview, it will help “you” first and foremost. It will play a key role in understanding if that is a role you visualize yourself in and if that is a company that aligns with your values.
Fast forward to the day before your interview, you are anticipating the offer, but without preparation and without proper research, you would not be able to develop the interview into an offer. Visit the website, understand the product or service they offer, what are their values and what is their long-term objective. Dig deeper into the company, research beyond the website, find out if they are mentioned in any newspapers and why so. Research your interviewer and check their experience, you could do so through LinkedIn for instance.
All this research will help develop your curiosity and help you develop questions that will determine whether you would like to pursue this opportunity or not. However, when you are asking questions, make sure they are relevant to the company and the role. An interviewer will want someone who is interested in the role and the company, not a candidate who is arriving with uncertainty and clueless of what they are being interviewed for.
The research will help you gain knowledge, this knowledge will impress your interviewer. It will make your pitch better and your image exceptional.
Sara Al Baroudi