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Hone your pre-interview skills or you may lose that tech job

We interviewed a sharp young man at our office just recently and we didn't hire him.

It was a shame. Though we liked him a lot, he failed a big test when he came to the interview: "Tell us what you know about our organization," we said. He said: "Though I don't know too much just now, I am excited to learn more." A big, silent gong sounded.

It's sim......

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Google them.
Use Google to check out the company on the Web and in the news (choose Google News for that). You'll see their customers and vendors. You'll see their executives speaking at conferences (write down these names and titles, too, as you'll soon be able to put together a reasonably good organization chart with a n......

Full article >>> elements that you and they have in common (like elementary schools, historical societies or Mac user groups).

Check out Hoovers.
Hoovers is the granddaddy of company-information sites. You can learn a ton about the company at which you'll be interviewing (especially financial and governance information). Sure, it's not as sle......

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Go to your local daily newspaper or business publication and check the archives. It's worth a few bucks to find out what has been said about the company in the press.

If you can get connected to a business reporter, ask him or her for 10 minutes of phone time to fill you in on the company's rep. By this time, you will feel like a business reporter yourself. That's good. I......

Full article >>> ompany's recent diversification as these questions could easily set you apart from more complacent candidates.

Make sure to even use your new knowledge in your follow-up thank-you letter to the interviewer.

Remind him or her how your background and skills could help the company not just in general but in its specific aims for this year or quarter. If you don't get the job, there'......

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