So you landed a job interview. Great! Most applicants will check out the company website to prepare. But if you do that, then you’re just on the same playing field as everybody else. That’s why you’ve gotta think more like a stalker. So says career expert Scott Dobroski from the job site GlassDoor.com. His advice: 

  • Know the company’s mission statement, cold.

  • Find out who the high-ranking execs are.

  • And find them on social media sites, from Twitter, to Facebook, and even Pinterest. You want to come across as informed and insightful. So be prepared to comment on a recent tweet the CEO sent out. 

Next, career expert Dobroski says to prepare 3 questions that speak to the goal of the job you’re applying for. For example, if the job will involve working with others, ask this: “Have you guys faced any issues with teamwork in the past?” Then talk about a problem you helped solve as part of a group. But the ultimate tiebreaker may be how well you answer curveball questions. They’re designed to test your problem-solving skills and your ability to be creative under pressure.   

Here are 2 real-life examples:

  • One insurance company likes to ask: “If you could be a superhero, what power would you possess?” For this, they want to see your personality, but also your rationale. It’s not enough to say, “It’d be cool to be able to fly!” Say this, “My power would be flight, because not only could I avoid traffic, if I could get places faster, I could be more efficient.” 

  • And one property management company asks the question, “How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator?” Be personable and say, “I’d lure him in with peanuts.” Or be creative, “I’d freeze-dry him, and grind him into a powder.” The absolute only wrong answer to a curveball question, “I don’t know” or “It can’t be done.”