Getting ready for an interview with a company’s owner requires a slightly different focus than if you did not know with whom you were going to interview. Go into the interview prepared and knowledgeable about the company and the owner to gauge the owner’s priorities and goals for the company.
Researching the company and the owner is one of the best ways you can prepare for an interview with the company’s owner. Read the company’s website thoroughly, look the business up on BizJournals.com to read its profile, and find professional information on the owner through social networking sites online, such as LinkedIn. Read any press releases the company has issued and critiques of the company in trade and industry journals. Bring up bits of information you learned through your research throughout the interview to demonstrate a connection between what you offer the company and the company’s mission and work.
Be prepared for a variety of interview questions. A business owner may be particularly interested in knowing why you want to work for her company more than any other as well as what drew you to working in the field. Answering these questions can better be done after you research the company. For example, you can connect your passion for providing customer service with integrity to the company’s reputation in the industry for doing just that.
Even if the owner of the company is not the only person with whom you interview, the owner may be the personnel decision maker. It is also possible that the owner is not the hiring decision maker. In either case, you can be rather sure that the owner has significant influence over the hiring decision. It can be easy to focus your efforts on impressing only the owner during the interview. However, the owner and any other hiring decision maker may take very seriously any opinion other interviewers and the receptionist have of you. Therefore, treat all interviewers and company employees equally and respectfully.
Questions for Interviewer
Have a few questions ready for the owner when it is your turn to ask questions. Your questions should be thoughtful and not ones to which you can find the answers by reading the company’s literature or website. You can ask, for example, what is the one thing that the owner is most proud of about his company. This can give you a feel for where the owner’s priorities lie. Another question to ask is what the two most important characteristics are of the person filling the job. Respond to his answer by connecting your abilities with the owner’s vision of the best candidate.