Interviews are the first chance a potential employer can see who you truly are. In today’s job market, it’s helpful to come as prepared as possible for your meeting with the hiring manager. The one thing that can give you a leg up on your competition is your ability to research the company so they can see you’re taking the job seriously and have a genuine interest in their company. Here are the things you should explore ahead of your interview.
What the Company Does
“What does your company do?” That’s the single question you want to avoid in an interview. It’s essential that you conduct at least enough research to understand better what the company does. This information is readily available online. Read their website to get a feeling for their business.
Digging a little deeper, it’s also helpful for you to know why the company does what they do. Author and speaker Simon Sinek once said, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.” That means the company’s story is as important as its business. Look at their history and “About” page to get a better feeling for the company’s overall values.
Next, take some time to look for the company name in the news. Google to see if you can find articles where they were mentioned. You’re looking for ways they’ve contributed to the community as well as possible red flags. However, don’t let yourself get caught up in a conspiracy by going down research rabbit holes. Do enough to learn about the company and use that information to ask questions in the interview.
Social networking offers an opportunity to look at individuals within a company as well. Start by looking for the company name on LinkedIn and check out some of the people who work there. Get a feel for what they do and how they contribute, which can inform your message in the interview while still staying authentic.
How You Can Fit In
Finally, you want to research how you will fit in with the company. Reviewing the job description will help you match your skills and experience with what the organization is looking for in a new employee. Talk about your goals, values, and other ways to be a good fit within their business.
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