Karen James Chopra, LPC, MCC, NCC, has been counseling career clients since 1999 and has helped hundreds of clients change careers, find new jobs and deal more effectively with workplace challenges.
In addition to her private practice, she has worked for two national corporate outplacement firms: Lee Hecht Harrison and Resource Careers. These are the organizations that help people who have experienced a layoff or downsizing to find new jobs, and their programs are usually considered the gold-standard of job search technique.
Ms Chopra is a regular presenter on career issues, having taught career theory at the graduate level, designed and delivered numerous workshops, and served as a regular guest commentator on WMAL’s career radio show “Your Career Life.”
She is a career-changer herself. Before entering the counseling field, she worked for nearly a decade as a trade negotiator for the United States Government, first at the Department of Commerce and then at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Ms. Chopra holds a number of relevant licenses and certifications: licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia; Master Career Counselor (MCC), a designation of the National Career Development Association (NCDA); and National Certified Counselor (NCC), a designation of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She belongs to all of the relevant national and local associations involved in career counseling, including the American Counseling Association (ACA), the National Employment Counselors Association (NECA), the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Career-Life Planning Network (MAC-LPN).
Her B.A. is from the University of Virginia, and she received a masters of science in foreign service from Georgetown University, and a masters in community counseling from George Washington University.
What research should I do before a job interview?
Career counselor Karen Chopra discusses what to find out before a job interview.
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Karen Chopra: Hi, I am Karen Chopra I am Career Counselor in Washington, D.
C. and now we are going to talk about how to do a research for an interview.
Host: What research should I do before a job interview?
Karen Chopra: If you have very little time before the interview you must make sure that you spent time with the company website. Don't just read the homepage, but read to the entire website so that you know what's there and you know what information the company has made public, because one of the worst things you can do in an interview is ask questions that revel that you haven't looked at the website. So if there is time for nothing else, spend time with the website.
Then after you had a chance to look at the website, the next thing you you should do is google the company and google the person or people that you are going to be interviewing with. So that you can see certain recent articles about them or about the company, issues that might have come up, big things that they would expect you to know about in the interview that might have been covered in the press.
That happens to your publicly traded company, you can take their ticker symbol and load it into one of the financial websites and you'll get lots of very specific opinion to information about the company. If you happen to be in the financial area, or in senior management, make sure if the company is publicly traded, that you go in and download their annual report and maybe even quarterly report so that you are well prepared on sort of the financials of the company and that none of that's going to take you by surprise.
So those are all the things. You want to be as well informed about the company as anyone who is reading about them in the press, before you walk into that interview.