The case of the creepy company

Case of the creepy ccompany

Will your new job be just right or a howling fright?

Starting a new job can be a scary proposition. Are you going to like it? Will it be everything the company promised? Are you jumping out of the frying pan into the fire?

The answer to allaying your anxiety lies in doing thorough research on the company you’re considering before you ever accept the offer. In addition to the qualifications for the job, you should also look for clues about things like the company’s mission, values and culture.

To help with your research, here is a list of some spooky signs that your new dream job may really be a nightmare.

 The headless company

You’ll undoubtedly find polished headshots of the company’s leadership on its website, but can you find any other employee stories? The people who are in the trenches every day can offer first-person perspectives you won’t get from slick website copy. Ideally, you’ll be able to find stories from people who work in the same position and/or department that you’re considering.

The social media ghost town

If you’re like most people, social media is the first place you’ll look for information on a company. If you find an abandoned Facebook page with no posts since way back in 2015, and an Instagram with exactly three photos, it’s a sign that the company isn’t social savvy and perhaps not very current in its thinking.

The case of the missing job description

While a bulleted list of required skills is helpful, it won’t give you a complete picture of your role. A good job description will give insight into such things as:

  • The company’s culture
  • The culture of your specific department
  • How this role contributes to the company as a whole
  • The kind of technology you’ll be working with
  • What kind of team you’ll be working with

The clues that don’t add up

At face value, most companies are going to project an awesome company culture, but sometimes candidates can receive misinformation either in their own search or directly from employees. Maybe a recruiter boasts a lively office environment with volunteer activities every quarter, but when you show up for your interview you only notice a couple of disgruntle employees in cubicles, and when you ask about the last volunteering event your interviewer participated in they raise a brow.

As mentioned, researching the company prior to interviewing is of the utmost importance, but if you get the chance to interview onsite, use the opportunity to play detective and see if everything you’ve heard about the company up to that point is seemingly accurate.

We encourage you to practice your company research skills by exploring this website as well as our social sites:


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Twitter: @CA_Careers.

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Cathy Bible

Senior Marketing Specialist, Talent Acquisition

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Don’t be scared this Halloween. 6 Interview tips to calm your nerves.

Don’t let a job interview freak you out this Halloween. Before you scare yourself to death, it’s natural to be a little nervous before a job interview. Just remember that you are half way there for getting the interview in the first place. Remain calm, empower yourself and be positive. With these 6 easy tips you will be absolutely fine!

1. Know your CV/Resume
Just for a second, imagine you are a shop owner. Now think of your CV as the shop window to your own high street shop. The customer (the interviewer) likes the look of your shop window (your CV) and has chosen to see what’s inside your shop (this is your invitation to the interview stage). The customer (the interviewer) wants to come into your shop to have a discussion about what products you have (they want to find out where you can add value to their company). You’d need to be confident about what you are selling to get the customer to buy one of your products right? This is why it’s vital you have a thorough understanding of your own experiences, skills, employment history and qualifications.
Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need to remember:
a) What qualifications you’ve achieved
b) The order of your employment history
c) Job titles, role descriptions and achievements
d) The skills, expertise and experience you have that will be suitable for this new role

2. Research the role & the company
We all know happens to those houses who don’t stock up with sweets for trick or treaters at Halloween. They get egged! Being asked what the company does and why you’re suitable for the role is as guaranteed as hearing the words “trick or treat” this Halloween. Be prepared or you’ll end up with egg on your face. The worst thing you can do is not know anything about the company or the role.
Don’t panic, many times hiring managers won’t expect you to know everything about the company, but spend some time on their website and find out about:
a) The company’s services or products
b) The company’s history
c) The company’s culture
d) Their competitors
e) Latest corporate news/blogs
f) Relevant information on the department or team you may be working
Read the job description and prepare to answer the following:
a) Why this role suits you?
b) How you can meet their expectations?
c) What made you apply for the role?
d) What experience, skills and expertise you have?
e) Where can you add value to their organisation?
BONUS TIP: Jot all of this research down and take your notes into the interview so you can refer. Honestly, you will gain respect right away if you know about the company and the specific details of the role you’ve applied for and you’ll feel a lot more confident walking into your interview.

3. Research the interview team
Any good hiring manager will have done their research on you so repay them the favour. Knowing who is interviewing you will calm those pre-interview nerves. Think of your interviewer as a first date. You don’t know anything about your date just yet but knowing a little bit about them will definitely help with those ice breakers!
Check them out on LinkedIn:
a) How long they’ve been at the company
b) Their background
c) What they do in their current position
The interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them, so be prepared, ready and armed with your own questions. The research you complete from Tip 2 will also help when writing these questions.
QUESTION EXAMPLE: “I see you’ve worked for a number of competitors in the past, what made you join this company 10 years ago, and what’s also made you stay here for such a long time?”

4. Relax
Whether you have kids or not, Halloween can be a very hectic time. People overload on sugar, throw wild fancy dress parties and generally get a little over excited. Skip those parties, hide the sweets and candy and get a good night’s sleep the day before an interview. Some people relax through exercise. Some put their feet up and listen to their favourite playlist on Spotify or watch a film on Netflix. You would have done all the preparation before the interview so do try to relax the night before an interview.

5. Remember your checklist
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Before you pack for the interview, spend time researching and preparing for your interview especially if you have tasks such as presentations to complete. On the day, try to arrive 10-15 minutes before your interview time. Arriving late will only increase stress and make you nervous so allow time when travelling to your interview as traffic and delays can hinder your commute. Remember you can always grab a drink in the nearest coffee shop before your interview to kill time.
The checklist of things to take to your interview on the day is:
a) Copies of your CV
b) Interview notes including your questions
c) A bag with the above including copies of your qualifications and a notepad & pen to jot down notes throughout the interview
d) If you’re required to present or take in a portfolio, insure you have backups either online or on a USB/portable hard drive
e) A plan of how you will get to your interview, reviewing traffic reports or public transport updates
f) A positive attitude, throw all those bad energies away – this is your opportunity to show what you are all about. Be yourself.

6. Get your costume ready
Interviews are just like Halloween parties, you have to look the part. Remember to dress to impress. If you walk into the interview feeling well dressed it makes you feel better about yourself and you will naturally perform better. Do make sure you look clean and presentable, it goes a very long way.

Event: Job Interview
Location: Company HQ
Dress code: Gentleman – Smart business attire, suits advisable, shirt and tie acceptable.
Ladies – Smart business attire, suits advisable, office trousers or skirt acceptable.


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