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An Inside Job: 3 ways Glassdoor can help you land your next role (or run for the door).

We hope you’re enjoying our series looking into the fast growing, tell-all job and career community site, Glassdoor.com.

If you missed it, here is part 1 and part 2.

If you have been following along, we’re dying to know…Have you looked? Will you?

Investigations into the company reviews, salary confessions and interview crib-notes on the site reveal some raw, fired-up and downright critical comments (even here in laid-back Vancouver) – and they may be about a company you’ve worked for. Or, maybe worse, an organization you’ve been thinking about joining.

So, the question remains, how should savvy job seekers incorporate the information they read on Glassdoor into their job search and interview process? Here’s our thoughts:

1) Interview Prep

Hopefully, you’re already in the habit of arriving at job interviews well-prepared with fine-tuned interview questions in hand. But now with Glassdoor, you’re walking in – potentially – with the actual questions they’re likely to ask (not to mention a slew of other useful info like how long it will take, if you’ll be asked to give a presentation and how many people will be at the interview table).

We think this is one area where Glassdoor shines. Even if you’re just getting an idea of the types of questions likely to be asked, there is no better strategy for calming game-day nerves than being prepared. In fact, Glassdoor’s own blog offers some great advice on how to answer oddball interviews questions.

2) Company Reviews

OK, assume it’s all true: the workload is heavy, the pace is fast, the tension is thick and no one is going to write home about the work/life balance.

But, there’s surely another side to this story, right?

Yes! There is always another side. You just have to zero-in on what’s right for you.

As The Prepary, a site offering modern job search advice, so aptly puts it: “Think of it like Yelp for your job search.”

As long as you don’t read anything that is a total deal breaker (i.e. no pets allowed at the office), The Prepary cautions you to remember: “as with all reviews, people are more likely to leave one if they have negative things to say – so take it with a grain of salt.”

Here’s what we know for sure: companies go through transitions, CEOs change, boards lay out insane plans for double growth – and teams achieve them and get insanely happier at the end of it. Are you up for the challenge? If so, then maybe the naysayers don’t matter.

We suggest you use any red-flag information shared on Glassdoor to help you craft questions that would help dissect your fit for the job – and get to the bottom of your worries by addressing them head-on with your interviewer.

3) Salary Research

What are your salary expectations? Have you ever been asked this question at an interview? Did you have a confident, well-informed answer or did you give an awkward you-tell-me shrug?

Glassdoor posts the self-reported salaries of its users in neat company-specific tables organized by role and title. Even if you haven’t yet arrived at the point in your career where you’re making counter-offers, it’s great to get an idea of what the company pays before your job search – and when you’re looking to negotiate a raise.

Don’t forget to check out other salary benchmark sites as well. That will help you most accurately gauge salary expectations for a role. And, at the end of the day, remember: while general pay guidelines do exist, salaries are highly dependent on experience, education and specialized skills.

So, tell us more about your Glassdoor experiences. Have you or would you leave a review? Salary info? An interview question? Would you take a position from a company with terrible feedback? Would you ask them about it? Leave your comments here and let us know!