In the past decade whenever I have a job interview, I always ask for the list of folks that I’ll be interviewing with before I actually arrive for the interview. Why? Because I want to stalk them, of course.
Right so, I don’t actually want to stalk them, mostly what I want to do is figure out where their head is at, what they care about, what they do when they’re not working for the company. I actually have no interest where they live or what their phone number might be unless that detail somehow gives me additional detail for their cultural profile.
This knowledge gives me a very solid advantage walking into an interview. For example, in a recent stint of interviewing, I discovered one of my potential peers went to the same college. I was sure to mention this when the interview began which was handy because, as it turns out, this interview was going to be the terribly difficult technical interview where I was to ramble about Model-View-Controllers.
When it became clear that I was seriously stumbling with the details of my answer, the interviewee took mercy… he segued to our mutual college experience. Whew. This would not have occurred if I hadn’t taken the time to stalk and find a common ground.
BUT! This column is about interviewing stalking tips, it’s about stalking…
I’m interested in ways folks use the