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October 04, 2010

Do Your Detective Work
BEFORE the Interview!

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Do your detective work before the interview

By Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Job Interview "Secret"

You know what kind of job you want. A sales associate. An office manager. A legal secretary.

Whichever position suits your personality and skills, you'll have a better chance of landing it if you do a little detective work before the interview. Learn as much as you can about the company, its goals, as well as products and services. Then during the interview, you'll be ready to ask good questions, and to show how and why you're ideal for the job.

How To Research

1.Visit the company's web site to find out about its day-to-day business, employee benefits, mission statement, and customer service.

2.Consult the Thomas Register of American Manufacturers or other source at your public library to be sure the firm has a solid reputation.

3.Make a list of items you're interested in learning more about, including: history, financial stability, plans for growth.

4.Call the personnel department and ask for a brochure and other material that will help you decide whether this is the right company for you.

5.Read magazines such as Fortune, Business Week, and Wall Street Journal to learn more about the organization.

6.Google the company, look for job seeker forums and posts to get a feel for a particular business.

Take Care of Yourself

The more you know ahead of time, the better you'll feel before, during, and after the interview. And think about what a boost you'll give the interviewer. People who are prepared, peaceful, and professional are those most likely to win the job. So do your detective work and you'll be among them!

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document" job landing system. Visit our friends at "The Job Interview Secret" and discover Jimmy Sweeney's breakthrough strategy that will have you standing out from the competition like a Harvard graduate at a local job fair... DURING your next job interview.

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