Preparing for a job interview is an important part of getting hired. In this video, learn about how to use LinkedIn to help you prepare for an interview.
- [Instructor] So, you've applied for a job and you got an interview. How exciting and slightly nerveracking. What are you going to say? What are you going to wear? Well that depends on your specific situation. But if you'd like to practice at getting better at interviews and you have access to the LinkedIn Learning Library, there are some great courses on preparing for job interviews. Don't underestimate the power of being prepared when going into an interview. Now speaking about being prepared for an interview, I've worked with a lot of students over the years and helped prepare them for job interviews. One thing that surprised me the most is how little they knew about the company that they're interviewing for or the people who will be interviewing them. This is where LinkedIn can be a great research tool and help you to prepare for your interview. Throughout this course, I've mentioned company pages which are LinkedIn pages created by companies and there are millions of them on LinkedIn. I'm going to use a bigger company as an example. I'll choose Microsoft. So let's say that I'm applying for a job at Microsoft and I've got an interview. Well I can go here to the Microsoft company page and learn more. I can see that I can visit their website, I can click over here and navigate and see different employees there, I might want to go in and look at some with similar job titles and see what type of accomplishments they have or what they're posting about. On the left-hand side I can click on the About section, get an overview and learn much more about this company. I can click here on the Life tab, I can click on the Jobs tab, People as well as Ads. So I recommend that you look over this page, read about the company and see what they're posting about, what are their pain points, what are their recent accomplishments, and even checking out who works there. You might even be told who you'll be interviewing with. If so, you can look up their profile and learn more about them, where they went to school, the path they've taken in their career, what they post about, what they're interested in, and more. Knowing more about the person you're interviewing with will make you more effective at interviewing. Doing all of this can help you become extremely knowledgeable about the company's culture, value, and the verbiage that they use. This is the type of thing that might separate you apart from other candidates. If you can go in there and talk their talk and show that you're a good fit with their company, your chances of getting hired obviously increase. For this reason, I find it strange that so many students I've worked with we're unfamiliar with the company that they're going to interview with. This is where LinkedIn is your friend. There's a plethora of information on here and I suggest you utilize it.
- Creating a LinkedIn profile
- Growing a professional network
- Following companies and influencers
- Sharing updates and content
- Sending and receiving messages
- Searching for jobs
- Upgrading to LinkedIn Premium
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2018. What changed?
A: The following topic was updated: LinkedIn Groups.