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Old 12-20-2018, 11:42 AM
 
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Iíve been doing that for interviews and writing down notes to ask questions. I thought it would help me seem more prepared for the interview and impress the employer but then I was told it seems fake and it doesnít help. Your opinion?
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Old 12-20-2018, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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I can't imagine an interviewer finding fault with a candidate doing his or her homework on the company and position and making that effort evident. I suppose it could be carried to a showboating extreme, but a few pages in a portfolio and some prepared questions... no.
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Old 12-20-2018, 05:12 PM
 
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It is a good idea to do that. I would also print interesting stuff about the company (i.e. news release about their latest awesome product, etc.)
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Old 12-20-2018, 05:22 PM
 
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What interviews? You've said over and over that you aren't getting interviews or calls.
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Old 12-20-2018, 09:13 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Iíve been doing that for interviews and writing down notes to ask questions. I thought it would help me seem more prepared for the interview and impress the employer but then I was told it seems fake and it doesnít help. Your opinion?
A good idea. It's always better to be more informed about THEM. That you made the effort to research what they are about. What would seem false is repeating sentences or phrases back to them in the same manner they wrote them. If you have questions, ask them using your own style of speech. If they ask you a question don't answer it by parroting the exact wording you read in the job description. They are interviewing YOU as an individual, not you as a document scanner. If you can't find original wording or need help rephrasing something look terms up in a thesaurus and find another way to say it.
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Old 12-20-2018, 09:50 PM
 
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Iíve been doing that for interviews and writing down notes to ask questions. I thought it would help me seem more prepared for the interview and impress the employer but then I was told it seems fake and it doesnít help. Your opinion?
It doesn't have anything to do with impressing the interviewer that you've done that. It has to do with you being fully prepared to discuss things intelligently. If you need print-outs and notes then use them. Nothing fake about it.
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Old 12-21-2018, 12:57 AM
 
Location: U.S.A., Earth
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I used to save them on my PDA (Palm OS models), but yeah, same difference. You can't go wrong when you tailor your interview to suit the job requirements they're seeking in a candidate.

One time, HR called to set up a phone interview, only to call back an hour later to cancel it. She *just* got word from the HM that they already hired someone, and he already started. She apologized profusely, but I was amused how one of the job req's was "candidate must have excellent communications skills". Hope the new hire has that, and can pass that along to his new group
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Old 12-21-2018, 03:30 AM
 
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A good idea. It's always better to be more informed about THEM. That you made the effort to research what they are about. What would seem false is repeating sentences or phrases back to them in the same manner they wrote them. If you have questions, ask them using your own style of speech. If they ask you a question don't answer it by parroting the exact wording you read in the job description. They are interviewing YOU as an individual, not you as a document scanner. If you can't find original wording or need help rephrasing something look terms up in a thesaurus and find another way to say it.
Agreed. Putting it in your own words shows you have an understanding of the job requirements.
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Old 12-21-2018, 05:42 AM
 
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Iíve been doing that for interviews and writing down notes to ask questions. I thought it would help me seem more prepared for the interview and impress the employer but then I was told it seems fake and it doesnít help. Your opinion?
I've always done this. But I don't ask questions about the qualifications. I make sure to articulate by MY answers to THEIR questions, that I have the skills that meet those qualifications. If I don't get the right questions, I make sure to 'close' with a statement that re-iterates my skills.
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Old 12-21-2018, 05:58 AM
 
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I can't imagine an interviewer finding fault with a candidate doing his or her homework on the company and position and making that effort evident. I suppose it could be carried to a showboating extreme, but a few pages in a portfolio and some prepared questions... no.
This exactly.
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