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09/22/09
On Site Interview Preparation
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking
Posted by: site admin @ 10:13 am

Encouraging updates continue to come in
after the Washington ACS meeting.  To
mention
one person, PR, who shared that
she has been
extended additional
screening and on-site
interviews in the
coming weeks.  Are things
opening up
in the economy?


Related to the previous post concerning
interview preparation for PR, item 3
concerning
going to your network to learn
about the company,
she raised a query in
an email.  She has looked
into
LinkedIn.com and found a few staff
members
listed and asked:

“Thank you,….. About two weeks ago, I
listened
to an ACS teleconference with… 
I found him on
LinkedIn.com and see that
his experience is
substantial.  How should
I approach building a
relationship with
him?…”  [from PR]


“… Think about NOT just saying, hey
I am interviewing
at [name withheld] can
you help me get a job?  That
would be
true, but not helpful. [from Dan]


…do you have questions to follow up
with [him]?
{a suggestion is:} learn
what is highly prized at
[name withheld]–
teamwork, innovation, creativity,
writing
skills, openness to ideas? [from Dan]


Consider just sending a thank you note
for the
nice presentation, citing helpful
things he brought
up.  Consider not
bringing up your interview at
this point. 
Explore his LinkedIn.com page and links

and other co-workers and find a way
to bring
up what you learn positively in
the interview.

[from Dan]

You might consider at a later point after
the interview
asking questions of him,
after you have made
professional contact
before the interview.” [from Dan]


The reply note mentioned how important
networking
is for professionals.  We are
seeing many things
appear quite
differently now in the Internet age.  It is

pertinent to bring up the growing
importance of
your online presence. 
For a suggestion the recent
book
What would Google Do?‘ by Jeff Jarvis
could offer some insights.  {It has not
been
received well in all quarters– some
in the
search engine optimization
profession
).  I liked it and some
references he provides.

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