4 Things To Know About Building An Interview Bucket List

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Applying to every recruitment company is not a very effective way to search for a job. To improve your chances of landing a job, it’s important to be strategic about the companies you apply to.


The fact that a company is hiring is only a small piece of the puzzle. You want to apply to a company that matches your skills and personality and has similar values. Most importantly, you want the company’s mission to inspire you, and you want to have a stake in that mission.

That’s why it’s important to create an interview list of 10-20 companies you’d like to work with before you start looking for a job.

Here’s how to put together an interview list.

Do a self-assessment

What field do you want to work in? What are your key skill sets? What weaknesses should be improved?

These are just some of the self-assessment questions you should ask yourself before you start looking for a job. From there, you also need to consider location. Do you want to stay where you currently live or do you want to move?

Once these important factors are considered, it becomes much easier to create your interview list criteria and narrow down your search.

Research companies

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There are many ways to find and research companies for your interview list. Chances are you already have some companies or great deals in mind from your professional network.

Most of your searching will likely be done over the Internet. You can find many great companies by searching industry websites, news and business websites, and trade publications.

Once you get the list of departure companies you will need Explore each of them in more depth by visiting their individual websites and social media accounts and reviewing any news about them.

It’s also helpful to look at sites like Glassdoor and Indeed to read employee reviews about working for the company.

Find your personal connection

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Company culture, perks and benefits, salary, and job opportunities are key factors to consider before adding companies to your interview list. But It’s also important to ask yourself if you respect and admire the company. And if so, how are you? connect personally with the company?

When you respect and admire a company, you can relate to its purpose. Companies are in the business of solving problems for their customers. How can you fit into the company’s plans to solve this problem? Is there a personal reason why you are passionate about solving this problem or why you identify with the company’s values?

The more passionate you are about a company’s mission, the more fulfilling your career at that company will be.

Build your network

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Building an interview list is one thing, but if you really want to improve your chances of landing an interview with one of these companies, you need to network your way into their orbit.

Identify five people in each company and find ways to connect with them. You can start by seeing if you have any common connections in your professional network. Getting to know each other is always easier.

If you don’t have a mutual connection, you’ll have to take some initiative and connect with these professionals on LinkedIn yourself.

The goal is to ask these professionals to join in the hope that you can learn more about the company and what it might take to land a position there. Make sure you let them know that you’re not looking for them to help you find a job, just some insight into what the process is like.

These connections may start small with a few casual conversations, but the more you find in common with these connections, the better chance you have of building meaningful conversations, and trust and mutual respect will follow.

The more of these connections you make, the better chance you have of earning a referral to one of the companies on your bucket list or gaining insight into other great companies that might be worth your time.

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This article was originally published on an earlier date.

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