I've applied for an R & D position for a big company. I believe I've background of what the job requires, but usually when I apply for such kind of positions I try to get as much information as possible about the interviewer/interviewers.
In this particular case I've found that the interviewer has a PhD, very strictly related to what the job ask in terms of background, so I started to think that probably some of the possible questions I could be asked in this first telephone interview could be somehow extrapolated from such PhD thesis.
For my experience usually the technical telephone interview is mostly focused on finding out if the candidate could fit the job, so I don't think I actually need to read the whole thesis, but just some bit to prepare myself better.
So here are my questions :
- Is such approach useful in general? Or is the mine only paranoia?
- As I said I have understanding of the requirements of the job, although I haven't been through them for a while, because of that I'm reviewing the involved stuff, how much do you think I should go in detail for a telephonic interview?
- I do really like to be hired, mostly for the experience I could get from such job, moreover the company is involved in a field of industry I would like to get specialized, do you think that approaching in this way I would be able to effectively show how much motivated I am?
I'm asking such questions because I'm the candidate, and to be honest I don't know from the other side what the interviewer is looking for.
The position is actually for a senior, so I don't expect they hire me because my experience in the field isn't that vast but I've always worked in similar stuff since I got my graduation, but I hope they would hire me. Because of such consideration my main goal would be to impress them in order to make them consider consider me for a job involving the same topics but that would not require maybe the experience of a senior.
Any further suggestions?
I'm not sure if it was clear or not. I'm not trying to flatter this guy, it's not my intention and it's not the way I'm used to prepare myself for the interviews. I don't think it would also make sense. What I was trying to say is that I want to be prepared for what I could be asked. I don't think this guy would ask me anything about his PhD thesis. But to me it make sense to be prepared for question like "what idea do you have of what we do here?" or maybe "If we have such problem, how would you tackle it"?. The correct term of what I'm looking for has been used in one of the answers you have given to me, which is "to show I'm confident".
And, as I said, this is the way I usually adopt when I apply for a job because I want to show how much I do care about the job I'm applying for.
Again my question is whether or not this kind of effort is useful or not, if not what should I focus on (for the telephone interview step), if yes what can I do to improve?