Interview Preparation - How To Ace An Interview As An Immigrant [ Part 3 ]

Interview Preparation – How To Ace An Interview As An Immigrant [ Part 3 ]

By Zarelsie Van Der Merwe on Aug 25,2020

Job Hunting

In Part 1 of this 4 part mini-series about acing an interview as an immigrant and interview preparation we looked at researching the company.

Then, in Part 2 we looked at researching the role and requirements.

Now, in Part 3 let us look at researching the person or people who will be interviewing you.

This is a crucial part of interview preparation and usually overlooked by the majority of candidates.

Remember – if you want are confused, overwhelmed and fearful as an immigrant job seeker and have no idea where to start and what to do, fill out our quick questionnaire.  There, we will gather some of your key information, review it and get back to you to see how we can assist with a hand-holding program to help you succeed to reach your dream destination country.

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Interview Preparation – Researching The Interviewer(s)

When you are notified of an interview, the names of person or people who will be interviewing are usually given.

Sometimes their LinkedIn profile will be shared with you.

You should always research this person or people.

  • If you have been given their names, check their LinkedIn Profiles.

    • This will give you an idea of who you will be talking to, which is a great psychological advantage for any interview preparation.

    • Check their background.  How long have they been working there, who do they report to, what is their role, do they have any notable achievements or projects they are working on? 

      Look at their LinkedIn profile activity.  Is there anything in their LinkedIn Profile activity, which you can use in a comment or question during your interview?

    • Look at their LinkedIn Profile Projects, Achievements and Honors sections – is there anything there that stands out and which you should take note of, or can use during your interview?

    • Have they written any articles, books or publications.? If there are articles or short publications, read them.  For books, scan it, to see what it was about, etc.

    • For example, during your interview, you can say,  “I worked on a water purification project to protect groundwater from pollution by dairy farmers, etc … it is similar to the one I see Bob is mentioning in his article on LinkedIn about …”

The Purpose Of Researching The Interviewer(s)

Again, this shows attention, interest, and enthusiasm, and it is greatly appreciated by most business owners and bosses if it is clear that someone has done their homework and interview preparation really well.

Now, you will have a great idea about the person or people you will be talking to.  It will give you a great psychological advantage, it will feel as if you know these people somewhat and you can also use information about them during your interview, again showing your interest and enthusiasm, and demonstrating your “fit” for this organisation or business.

This crucial part of interview preparation is usually overlooked by most candidates.

The consequences are dire…you look unprepared, not having done any research about the company, the people who you might be reporting to or be working with.

Do not neglect this part of interview preparation!

In the next video we will look at the final parts of interview preparation, such as making up questions of your own and some technical aspects of Skype and one-way interviews, which you need to prepare for.


Remember – if you want are confused, overwhelmed, and fearful as an immigrant job seeker and have no idea where to start and what to do, fill out our quick questionnaire.  There, we will gather some of your key information, review it, and get back to you to see how we can assist with a hand-holding program to help you succeed to reach your dream destination country.Also – don’t forget to subscribe to this channel to

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