3 Items You Should Research About a Company Before Your Interview

by Katy Bruegenhemke | Apr 10, 2017

Doing your homework before an interview can mean the difference between a welcoming handshake and the cold shoulder. But it can be difficult to know what information is worth digging into, particularly if you are looking to optimize your time. Rather than wasting effort on specific project information and old press releases, focus on these three items that will serve you well in conversation when you are given the opportunity to meet your prospective manager in person.

Company Culture

These days, employers are looking for candidates who are the perfect fit for their team. Of course, this involves the skills and experience needed to do the job effectively, but it also means finding the applicants who are a strong personal and cultural fit for the job. People hire the people they want to work with. So, when doing your research, consider the style of the company. Talk to other employees about what it’s like to work there. Is it a fast-paced, high energy company? Or do the staff there take a more casual approach? Do teams work best when they’re burning the midnight oil? Or are emails sent over the weekend frowned upon? There are any number of corporate cultures out there in the professional world, so as you consider it, see how you can present yourself to be a highly skilled candidate who is also likely to be a good cultural fit.

Key Thought Leaders within the Company

Understanding where a company is coming from depends largely on who is leading the charge. If the CEO is a distinct personality with a high profile public persona, learning as much about them as possible will only give you a leg up on understanding the priorities and mission of the business. When you are researching a company, don’t make the mistake of ignoring the people. Look individuals up on LinkedIn to get an understanding of who they are and where they come from. Seek our similarities in values and experience that can tie you in to the value they provide. If you show your interviewer that you are as much a fan of the people you would work for as the company paying your bills, you give yourself credibility and if nothing else, some relevant talking points for the interview.

News and Recent Events

There are so many cliché interview questions and answers that employers are tired of engaging in that to use canned responses can hurt your chances in an interview. To make sure you can spark genuine and authentic conversations with your interviewer, do a little research into the latest news and events taking place in and around the business you hope to join. Have they made the news lately for a high-profile project? Congratulate them for the publicity. Are they active at industry conferences? Stop by and shake some hands. These are the things that will set you apart from the crowd when you apply, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box.

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