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Do you have an upcoming interview that you need to prepare for? Researching a company ahead of time gives you valuable insight for asking key questions and making an informed decision about the role and company.
Here are 7 tips for researching a company in preparation for an interview:
Website: This may seem obvious, but starting with the company’s website to find out history, focus, leadership philosophy, products, and customer base are key to getting familiar with the basics. This will show you care enough about the role to prepare.
News and Recent Events: Has there been a recent merger, senior hire or product release? When appropriate, reference it during the interview to show the interviewer you are familiar with the company and product offerings. It will show you are a thorough and detail-oriented candidate.
Company Blog and Social Pages: Blogs provide great information about a company’s culture. What do they blog about? Is their company voice casual or corporate? Understanding culture and brand is crucial to succeeding in an interview. It will show you are aligned with the company culture.
Team: Perusing your interviewer’s LinkedIn profile is a must-do. Review where they’ve worked or schools they’ve attended. Do you have any connections in common? What are their interests and hobbies? Do you know any other employees in the company? Try to find some common ground. This will give you a better chance of connecting during your interview.
Current Hires: Is the company hiring multiple roles or filling a replacement position? Take a look at other open positions. This will give you insight about the company’s growth and focus.
Inside Info: Take a look at Glassdoor to read company reviews and discover information about a company’s hiring process, employee responsibilities, and employee reviews. This will give you additional feedback from present and former employees.
Arrive Early: When it comes to the interview day, arrive 10-15 minutes early so you have an opportunity to sit and wait in the lobby and get a good feel for culture and office environment. This will give you an opportunity to interact with some of the other team members and see the culture in action.
Are there any other research tips you follow before an interview? Don’t forget to read the rest of our interview advice before your next interview.