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2 Things You MUST Do Before Your Job Interview

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You’ve seen the headlines. The job market is so hot right now; there are more jobs available than people unemployed. In December 2018 alone, 5.5 million individuals that reportedly left their job (with 3.5 million leaving voluntarily).  So, many professionals find themselves looking for their next opportunity. And while you’ve probably been through an interview process or two throughout your career, a refresher can be helpful for anyone!


The first place to begin is with yourself. Review the resume you submitted to ensure you can discuss any detail you included. And don’t forget to touch base with your references. They may be receiving a call to gauge your qualifications and highlight skills or experiences listed on your resume.

Review any dress code that may be in place for your interview. Ideally, the hiring manager or HR will share this expectation with you. Every industry and company has different expectations. In contrast, if you be work with a recruiter from JSG, they will fill you in on acceptable attire.

Reviews on the site Glassdoor can also provide insight into company-specific interviews. These reviews often mention dress code and other first-hand accounts of the company, employees, and culture. Leverage these insights to gain a better understanding of the company and to demonstrate a familiarity with the industry.

Small talk during interviews can be a total momentum killer. Therefore, familiarize with the latest industry news and trends relevant to the position and company. However, be sure to stay away from topics that are polarizing or controversial.

Know Your Value

After the initial steps described above, you’re now able to begin calculating your value. You reviewed your skills, specializations, and experiences to show you are qualified for the position. Thus, you can now identify the standard compensation for someone in a similar role across the city, state, and country. You can do this by leveraging sites like LinkedIn and analyzing their salary insights.

Did you know you have access to a database full of transparent compensations? Professionals across all industries have provided valuable salary insights you can use to compare your market value. Once you have identified an acceptable figure, explain how you arrived there during your job interview. Your explanation should be clear and concise.

Read more about job interviews and other career advice here. Or click here to get in contact with a Johnson Service Group Recruiter and begin finding your dream job today!

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