Preparing for an Interview
Find Out about the Employer

Preparing for an interview begins with gathering company information.

Having extensive and valid information about the employer gives you a competitive edge over the other job candidates. These are the top 5 resources for finding out about the company.

1. The Company Website

This is the easiest way to find out about the company.

This essential company information checklist will guide you on the type of information to look for on the company website.

2. LinkedIn

Search for the company page on LinkedIn and find out the latest company updates. Follow a company on LinkedIn to view their updates directly on your feed.

Current employees will show up on the company page. See if you know or are connected to any of them. Reach out to them them through the messaging system and find out what you can about the company and job opportunity.

Many companies and groups of companies have Groups that you can join. As a member of the group you can interact with other members.

3. Social Networks

Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus are all valuable sources of company information. Following the company on social media will provide an inside look at its culture, work, employees and latest news.

4. Your local library

Use these resources in your public library to get great information on the employer for your job interview preparation:

  • Business directories such as Dun & Bradstreet
  • A business periodical index will provide a list of articles published on the company
  • State and local business directories, manufacturing and service directories, and specialized directories you can use when preparing for an interview. Consult the library catalog or ask the Librarian for help in finding a directory for your company.
  • Annual financial reports and local company newsletters

5. Visit the company

Another resource for company information is the company itself. 

  • Visit the company beforehand and ask the receptionist to provide you with company brochures, in-house magazines or newspapers and reports.
  • These are often to be found in the reception area and if you are not able to take them with you, there is nothing to stop you spending some time sitting there, reading and taking notes.
  • This will also give you a feel for things like dress code and company culture. Spend time talking to the receptionist, it's a good opportunity to pick up valuable information on the company.

Preparing for an Interview

Interview preparation checklist

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Your interview preparation guide

Interview preparation starts with your company research. This information is key to developing excellent and relevant answers to common job interview questions

It enables you to prepare insightful interview questions to ask in your interview.

It is also essential at the end of your job search when you need to make a decision on accepting a job offer

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