# 13 – What do you know about our company?
It is absolutely vital that a candidate do their homework prior to an interview. Preparation should involve at least some research to find out a basic knowledge of the company's background and an understanding of the position. The Internet is a wonderful resource for such a task. To recruiter Nina Blaicher of Construction Data Corporation it's pretty simple, "If they have not taken the time to review the site, I usually view it as a negative. I think candidates should do some research before they come in to interview, especially since information is so readily available these days."
Recruiter Tip: There is no reason why a candidate cannot call the company and ask the receptionist about the firm. Do not be afraid of the phone, as likely, people skills will be a big part of the job. Candidates often will be surprised at how much valuable info can be gained from just a quick call!
# 12 – What are the best and worst aspects of your previous job?
A candidate’s discussion of their previous working experiences can demonstrate to a recruiter what type of environment they are best suited. These aspects can range broadly among areas such as management styles, responsibility, flexible scheduling, etc.
Roshy Gil a recruiter for Kindred Healthcare says, "I am hoping to find out where the candidate’s interests are related to their previous experiences so that I may find them a better fit with a position that they will enjoy, look forward to doing every day and excel in. People do exceptionally well when they are in positions that they enjoy and working with people they like."
Thomas Kalinski from Merritt Graphics of Hartford, Connecticut discussed the several features he looks for in a candidate's response, "I am looking for several things. I'm looking for the sparkle in the eyes and the smile on the face as the candidate revisits that job. It is a question that allows the person to open up and not just give me a one-sentence answer. The response should flow freely and honestly and lets me know what the candidate is generally looking for in his or her job search. I'm also looking for body language, hesitation in answering and uneasiness on the part of the interviewee. This tells me that the answer is being forced and that the candidate is probably trying to feed me what he or she believes I want to hear."
Questions 15 & 14
-J. Michael Worthington, Jr.
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