Preparing for a Job Interview

Preparing for a job interview begins with conducting good background research on the company, the job and even the people you will be meeting.

When preparing for a job interview, many people are unfamiliar with how to start the research process. Which resources are the best to use? We have simplified the interview preparation process by guiding you to easy-to-use internet and other business resources.

Surveys indicate that one of the biggest interview mistakes job candidates make is not knowing enough about the company or job.

We show you how to get the company information you need to stand out as a prepared and informed job candidate in your next interview.

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Basic rules for your company research

  • When conducting company research on a subsidiary of a larger company start with the parent company or holding corporation. You can then drill down into the subsidiary information.
  • Nationally known companies are easier to research company info on than local firms. Check whether the company is part of a bigger, national organization and start your research there.
  • Internet company information is generally more up to date than print sources (directories). News in journals and newspapers is obviously more current but a company has to have been news-worthy to get into these publications.
  • Use a variety of research sources, when preparing for a job interview, to get the most valid information. Remember to consider the source of the company information. A web search will give you data from a variety of sources, it is up to you to recognize reputable and valid information. Information from the company website is usually the most reliable but if you have gone to other sites or sources try and validate the information you get by cross referencing with another source

How to find job interview information on the internet is covered for you in detail here.

Learn about preparing for a job interview using off-line research sources.

What if I can't find company information on the internet?

Before conducting your interview preparation, make sure you have the full and proper company name. Sometimes a company is commonly referred to by a different name to the registered name. Check whether it is a subsidiary of a larger corporation and if so focus on the parent company.

Private companies may be difficult to get information on. You can refer to Ward's Business Directory of US Private and Public Companies. Your local library should have this directory. Use social media resources to try and find out about the company.

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Preparing for a job interview starts here. Research company information and put this information to good use when answering common job interview questions

Use this information when preparing the right job interview question to ask the interviewer. Asking good, insightful questions during your interview is key to your success.

Make sure you have everything ready before your job interview. Be well prepared and feel confident that you have it all under control. Go to the complete interview checklist to make sure you have what you need before your interview.

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