Remember to interview the business you are interviewing with

Over the past year, I have hired more than 30 people and interviewed probably close to 80. I have always tried my best to give the person on the other end of the table as much information about the business as possible. I would rather they know everything about us, “warts and all”, instead of having them start with us and discover surprise after surprise.

The reason I say this, is the interview process is as much the candidate interviewing us and the business as it is us interviewing them.

With that in mind, I urge all candidates going for an interview to be prepared. This means having studied up about the business you intend to join, knowing who they are, what they do and if possible who their customers are and the industries they play in.

You should have questions prepared. If they are answered as part of the conversation, then great. If not make sure you ask them. Your potentially future leader/team will appreciate any questions you might have. It shows interest in the business and an attitude of exploration and an eagerness to seek out knowledge from your end.

Be passionate! You have made it this far, don’t shy away and hide. You are good at what you do and the company knows that or you wouldn’t be there. They have seen something in you, so believe in yourself and your abilities.

“you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” ― Stephen King

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