Googling your interviewers' job history before meeting them isn't creepy — it can be impressive if you do it right

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  • Research company employees and ask interview
    questions
    about their careers.
  • According to Lillian Landrum, head of talent
    acquisition at The Muse, you’ll seem dedicated and
    prepared.
  • You might also want to look specifically for things you
    have in common with your interviewers.

It’s pretty standard practice for job candidates to scour the
website of the organization they’re interviewing with, looking for
clues to the company’s culture, mission, and current projects.

In fact, if you show up at an interview without having done your
research, you’re probably in trouble.

But some interviewers are looking for candidates who have gone
one step further. Lillian Landrum, head of talent acquisition at
job-search and career-advice platform The Muse, said she’s impressed when
candidates research the careers of other company employees,
including their interviewers.

Landrum recommended asking about someone’s work history, and how
they got to their current role.

But don’t worry about coming off as creepy, Landrum said. “It
just shows that they’re interested, they’re dedicated, and they’re
going beyond what is expected of them to make sure they’re fully
set up properly for the interview,” she said about the extra
research.

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Another HR expert at The Muse, Toni Thompson,
previously told Business Insider
something similar. 

Thompson said she once interviewed someone who “had done their
homework on me,” and knew she’d started at The Muse a few months
earlier.

“They asked me about some of the things I was most proud of
since starting at my company and some of the challenges I
faced.”

“It was a memorable question,” she said, “because it showed that
they did their research and were genuinely listening to the answer
and were curious about the response.”

You can also do some sleuthing to figure out what you and your
interviewers have in common: Maybe you worked for the same company
or graduated from the same school.

“When you can discuss your commonalities, the hiring manager
also has a better perspective about how you would ‘fit’ into the
organization,” career coach Anita S. Attridge told
The Washington Post
.

If there’s a question you want to ask the interviewer but aren’t
sure about, Landrum recommended running it by the recruiter first
(if there is one). “We’re your safe space,” she said.

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Googling your interviewers' job history before meeting them isn't creepy — it can be impressive if you do it right