Many people stress a great deal about interviews, thinking they are very unusual and difficult events.
I believe that interviews are fun and enjoyable. Am I crazy? You might ask…
But, no, an interview is just an opportunity for two people to get to know each other, and to see if there is a fit between what each one wants. Sometimes the answer is “no”, and sometimes, it is “yes”. I am not advocating not preparing, but I am advocating that it is not worth getting too worried about it. Rather, use your energy to do great research and preparation.
One aspect of preparation for an interview, is to get to know as much as possible about the person who will be interviewing you. You need to use Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and more to try to track him or her down, and to learn about her/his career, personal life, interests, awards, study and so on. The more you can have, the more likely you are to be able to see connections between the two of you. And of course, the more knowledge you have about this person, the better you will be able to target your questions!
All in all, stalking can sometimes be a good thing!
Even if you get the name of your interviewer only on the day of the interview, you still have a smartphone, don’t you? Do what you have with the limited time available!
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