As part of my research for a book, I interviewed many recruiters. And in one of them, with the head of recruiting for a technology company (we’ll call him “Joe” in this post), it was emphasized that the biggest problem for job seekers is the actual job interview process.

Unfortunately, Joe frequently sees job seekers who have done all the right things to get to the interview, but then they blow it in their interviews.

They get up to bat (the interview), but they strike out rather than hitting a home run.

How does a job seeker avoid striking out? By following this 5-step process:

1. Thoroughly Research the Company

2. Research the People

3. Prepare Questions