When you have a job interview, research is important. You want to make sure you fully understand the requirements, company background, and salary. The Muse also suggests researching the company’s benefits to get an idea of what their values are.
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When you know what the company’s perks are, you have a better idea of what they value, and you can make sure your answers line up with those values. As The Muse suggests, you can even tailor your answers to them.
For example, let’s say the company perks seem to value professional development: maybe they offer tuition reimbursement, or they comp conference tickets, or they have a mentoring program. Here’s what the Muse suggests:
When a company offers any or all of these, you can assume the company will really support your growth and development and likely tends to promote from within. After all, management is investing in you!
Use This to Land the Job: Highlight your desire to continually learn and become a more valuable member of the team. Showcase any classes you’ve taken or conferences you’ve attended in your resume and cover letter as well as on your LinkedIn profile.
For other perks, you might consider changing your answers accordingly. If they offer paid vacation time, for example, you might point out that work-life balance is important to productivity at some point during the interview.
The idea here isn’t to call out the company perks explicitly. You don’t want to keep talking about benefits; that would most likely be a turn-off. This is just a way to consider the company’s values when drafting your answers. Of course, you’ll want to use this tip wisely. Just because a company offers a perk doesn’t necessarily mean your potential boss shares the exact same values. His or her priorities might be different, and you only get one first impression, so you’ll want to plan your answers thoroughly. This is just one point to consider.
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