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Know the company – prior to any interview, you must find the answers to two essential questions. What can you do for this company? And why do you want to work there?

The only way you can answer these questions intelligently is by taking the time to conduct research on the company and its goals. Such research may be time consuming, but it is absolutely necessary. As one professional interviewer said, “Why should I think that you will be a conscientious and well-prepared employee if you haven’t taken the time to learn about the company prior to the interview?”
Why Research Is Important

The fact that you have taken the time to research a company and learn about it is expected by the company and the interviewer, and will increase your chances of success. Also, the more in-depth research you do into the company shows the quality of initiative on your part. Finally, after all this research, the fact that you are now applying for the job shows that you like what you have discovered. This is a compliment both to the company and to the interviewer who already has the good sense to work there.

Contact People

Whenever possible, talk to people who have worked for the company or in its industry, or who are in any way familiar with it. Talk to friends or relatives who are in the same business. Learn what you can about the business or industry, even if it doesn’t relate specifically to this individual company.

Lack of Company Knowledge is the Biggest Interview Mistake

Find information at your fingertips. By visiting the company’s website, you can locate a wealth of information, such as the firm’s mission and values, what products and services it provides, recent press releases and more. Research the industry; in addition to learning about the company, research the industry in which it competes to get a better understanding of the market and specific issues and trends that may affect the organization.

Let’s face it; with all the available tools for research, there is no excuse for walking into an interview without thoroughly researching the company.

RESEARCH TOPICS Where is the company headquartered?
  • Who owns the company?
  • How many locations does the company have? Where are they?
  • What divisions does the company have?
  • How many employees does the company have?
  • What are the main products or services of the company?
  • What markets does the company serve?
  • What are the future products or services of the company?
  • What are the annual sales of the company?
  • How long has the company been in operation?
  • Who are their competitors?