Career Content Menu

Career Content
View Latest Posts
View Subscriptions
Posting Instructions

Active Bloggers

Reggie Culpepper Reggie Culpepper
Clark Atlanta University class of 1998
HBCU CONNECT HBCU CONNECT
Central State University class of 1995
Elynor Moss Elynor Moss
North Carolina Central University class of 2003
Anica Oaks Anica Oaks
class of 2012
Steven Lively Steven Lively
class of 1983
Kamal Imani Kamal Imani
class of
Will Moss Will Moss
Hampton University class of 1995
Beverly Johnson Beverly Johnson
class of

Three Big Reasons You Are Expected to Do Your Homework About Potential Employers

Three Big Reasons You Are Expected to Do Your Homework About Potential Employers
Posted By: Eddie Francis on December 27, 2015

You have to know what you’re getting yourself into when you apply for a job. Let’s say your résumé passes the initial review and you get an invitation for a phone interview. In my capacity as a recruiter, that is often where I am the gatekeeper. If I like what I hear, then I will forward you to the major decision-makers. That’s when it is really time to impress hiring managers and one non-negotiable expectation is that you will have done some level of research on the company or organization.

Here is why we expect you to do some level of homework before interviews:

1. We want to see how you view yourself as part of the company's culture.
The better you know your skill set and personality, the better an idea you get of how you fit into the fabric of an organization. If you have not done so, take a professional career assessment to get an idea of the kinds of environments that are best for you. At the same time, take time to learn about the organization's environment.

For example, my biggest strength is communication; and my assessments have all pointed to my need to be in environments where flexibility exists, risk-taking is rewarded, and employees love to communicate.



As a result, I ask questions to gauge the personalities and activity of work environments.

2. Your level of research gives a clue about your work ethic as well as your critical thinking skills.
Is your idea of research visiting the home page of a web site or is it reading articles and blogs about the company? The candidate who can recite the mission of a company to the hiring manager is one thing. The candidate who asks questions about that mission as well as reads articles and employee reviews is another thing.

This is also about digging for information. The more information you find and the less fearless you are about asking hard questions, the more respect you get from good companies—note the word “good.” Companies that don’t appreciate being investigated by potential employees are probably not worth your time.

3. It’s about vision.
Good employers value candidates with vision. Vision tells us that you take your talents seriously and it tells us that you have goals. While vision is important, it is not about having very detailed goals but rather a notion of where you want to be. Asking questions gives the employer an idea of your vision and tells them there is a good chance you would value the company or organization as well.

Photo courtesy of Adrian Escalante
If you enjoyed this article, Join HBCU CONNECT today for similar content and opportunities via email!
Comments
Please Login To Post Comments...
Email:
Password:

 
More From This Author
How a Young HBCU Alumna Landed a Big Company Job
Five Ways to Make a Hiring Manager's Day
Career Moves: Know Your Value
Many days in the life of...
Five Ways for Admissions Reps to Stand Out at College Fairs
#BBUM Provides the Perfect Opportunity for HBCUs
Latest Career Content
Working on attaining a new career requires options. Research the jobs on this list to see if you want to apply!

Working on attaining a new career requires options. Research the jobs on this list to see if you want to apply!

Job Title: Account Coordinator Job URL: https://hbcuconnect.com/cgi-bin/jobs/searchJobs.cgi?job_id=19245916 Company: Shepardson Stern & Kaminsky (dba) SS+K Job Title: Communications Manager ...more
Elynor Moss • 121 Views • August 13th, 2020
Employment benefits...is that what a priority when selecting what company you apply to?

Employment benefits...is that what a priority when selecting what company you apply to?

Vanderbilt Health has a vast reach that spans across all things medical. Not only is it a company providing health assistance to patients, Vanderbilt is a University that is educating future health ...more
Elynor Moss • 92 Views • August 13th, 2020
Interview Now For 2021 Student Internships with JPMorgan Chase

Interview Now For 2021 Student Internships with JPMorgan Chase

Are you thinking about applying for opportunities at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and are not sure how to get started? Do not be nervous! Come join the HBCU Recruiting Team to learn about upcoming 2021 summer ...more
Will Moss • 349 Views • August 12th, 2020
Insurance Broker

Insurance Broker

Barnes & Associate Services ...more
Gloria Hill • 121 Views • August 12th, 2020
Can an Auto Accident Affect Your Career Progression?

Can an Auto Accident Affect Your Career Progression?

When many people think about the after-effects of a car accident, they think about serious injury and loss of life. However, there are many other ways that a car accident can affect your life. It can ...more
Hannah Whittenly • 139 Views • August 11th, 2020
Popular Career Content
Considering an Internship?  Apply for the JP Morgan Chase BA Early Advantage Event!

Considering an Internship? Apply for the JP Morgan Chase BA Early Advantage Event!

BA Early Advantage At JPMorgan Chase we celebrate individuals who bring their unique experiences and different perspectives to the work that we do to serve our diverse customers and clients around ...more
Will Moss • 72,298 Views • February 24th, 2015
Careers on the east coast with Johns Hopkins Medical Center!

Careers on the east coast with Johns Hopkins Medical Center!

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center offers a unique environment to medical professionals from many backgrounds—an environment that combines the prestige and opportunities of a respected academic medi ...more
Will Moss • 37,897 Views • March 16th, 2009
Procter & Gamble Student Internship Program This Summer!

Procter & Gamble Student Internship Program This Summer!

Procter & Gamble is offering the experience of a lifetime. During the months of July & August 2011, P&G will host five different programs at our Global headquarters in Cincinnati, OH. These workshops ...more
Will Moss • 37,300 Views • March 8th, 2011
Today's Success Tip: Joachim de Posada says, Don't eat the marshmallow...yet

Today's Success Tip: Joachim de Posada says, Don't eat the marshmallow...yet

We were invited to the National Association of African Americans in Human Resource's reception held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis during the SHRM conference, and the gift/tip we walked away with w ...more
Elynor Moss • 27,949 Views • June 29th, 2012
The most important thing Warren Buffett looks for in job candidates

The most important thing Warren Buffett looks for in job candidates

When Warren Buffett considers hiring an executive for his company Berkshire Hathaway, he assesses their intelligence and drive. But more importantly, he said at a talk at the Ivey Business School in ...more
Elynor Moss • 25,925 Views • April 9th, 2015
Please Give Us a Like on Facebook!