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Agrimarketing : Canadian Agribusiness Employer Guide 08
AGRIBUSINESS EMPLOYER GUIDE IT’S YOUR TURN TO ASK THE QUESTIONS O by Cynthia Hoffman, AgCareers.com ftentimes preparing for an inter- view includes studying a list of the most frequently asked ques- tions. But what about researching the organization and developing a per- sonal list of questions? Employers use the interview to determine if an applicant is right for their organiza- tion. At the same time, an applicant should use the interview to deter- mine if the organization is right for them. PROPER PREPARATION Adequate interview preparation will help an applicant in this process. If they take the time to really research the company, they can ask in-depth questions during the interview. “The interview process gives us the opportunity to get to know the candidate and explore their skills, strengths, goals, and desires,” said Frank Campbell, Ontario Region Marketing Director for GROWMARK, Inc. “It also gives the candidate a chance to explore our organization, and see if they feel comfortable with us.” For the 2008 intern hiring season, Campbell said GROWMARK inter- viewed 40 applicants and hired 7 interns. He said the interview plays a vital role in further consideration of an applicant, and applicants should come prepared. According to Quintessential Careers, a recent survey showed 47% of executives polled said that having little or no knowledge of the com- pany is the most common mistake a job seeker makes during an inter- view. Campbell said it’s important for students to spend time researching the company beyond just the Web site. “One of the first places to go to prepare for an interview is the corpo- rate Web site, but there are lots of other steps you can take as well,” Campbell said. “Attend career fairs where you can chat and ask ques- tions informally. Read the company’s brochures and other literature pieces. 24 Applicants should use prepared questions to help impress the interviewer but even more so to better understand if the organization is the right fit for them. It’s also a good idea to visit a local branch or store.” In an article titled “How to Suc- cessfully Prepare for Interviews” author Deborah Brown-Volkman writes, “Know the company’s view of itself, as well as what people who don’t work for that company think about it. You are looking for indications of where a company is going and what problems the company and the industry are having.” It’s important for students to do some personal research on the com- pany, said Elaine Thrale, Coordina- tor of Directed Field Studies at Olds College in Alberta. Students should talk to others who work for, or who have business with, the prospective employer,” she said. “In some cases we advise students to ask for an information interview prior to an interview. Many employers are happy to oblige and are impressed that the student is being proactive.” TYPES OF QUESTIONS Thrale also advises developing a list of questions to ask the employer. If the applicant does the research cor- rectly, then generating questions should be easy. Even if they have gathered a lot of information during their research, they should still ask questions to determine if the job opportunity will be a good fit for them. “Students should ask for some idea of expectations of performance, particularly if they are applying for a job in sales and/or marketing,” Thrale said. “They should ask for information about upcoming pro- jects or previous accomplishments of the company. Any questions that demonstrate the student’s interest in the company are a good idea.” Campbell agrees that students should ask questions during the interview to determine how suitable the job position is. The interview is your opportu- nity to ask those burning questions about the organization,” he said. “Does the organization fit with your outlook on a social and cultural level? Through questioning, you should be able to establish how com-