You have gone past the pre-screening and phone calls, but you still need to ace the interview. A crucial component of success will be the research you do before you even step foot in the office. You'd be surprised how many people fail to prepare for their interview when it comes to researching a company. This will set you apart from the pack and give you one more trick up your sleeve to impress the interviewer. Going into an interview with this knowledge will set you up with a winning attitude, so we wanted to make sure you know what to research. The following subjects are all on the table:
Culture- The culture of a company can tell you a lot about what they value in a future employee. It will also give you a hint as to how to act in an interview. Any behavioral questions can also be guided by this research. Your approach should be grounded in their culture and values.
Organization's Infrastructure- If you know how the organization is structured, you'll be able to figure out where your role lies in the scheme of things. This can help you figure out who you'll be reporting to and who you need to impress before you get an official offer. Bonus points if you research your interviewer and the leadership team. They'll be impressed if you weave some of that information into your answers.
Fun facts- You'll really impress the interviewer if you can find out some facts that are less known about the company. Find something about the company that can't be found on their website or social media like how many years they've been involved in a charity event. You may have to click past the first page of search results, but it will be worth the hunt. If you go the extra mile, they will meet you there with an offer.
Company Performance- This could include anything from annual earnings reports to awards from industry affiliates. If you discover a downturn recently, come up with an idea or plan as to how you'd address it. The employer will appreciate the idea and initiative you took to solve a problem. They'll see how invested you are and hopefully put you at the top of their list. Your problem solving will be your winning strategy.
Interview Questions- Research some common interview questions, or more specifically, questions that the company is known for asking their candidates. If you search hard enough, you can probably find advice from other candidates before you. They can shed some wisdom on how the interview process typically goes. To add to that thought, make sure you research questions that you need to ask the interviewer. Asking the right questions can also impress your interviewer. You can question something you read about the company and include your extra research in there. Don't be afraid to ask about the interviewer as well and their career. People always like to talk about themselves, so it's okay to ask them about their career path.
All of this research will help you in three ways:
- You'll learn enough about the position and company to make a decision if you do get an offer.
- You'll impress your interviewer and stand out from the competition.
- Your interview won't be such a shock because you'll be prepared and ready for anything.
Failure to plan is planning to fail so make sure you set yourself up for success in your next interview with these helpful research tips. Don't blow a chance at getting your dream job.
Pick Out Jobs That Excite You
If you pick a job that you're excited to have, you'll find the research becomes very easy and fun to do. The more invested you are in the position the harder you will work for it. If you're interested in applying to any of our jobs, do not hesitate to do so. After you've applied, you're a few Google searches away from moving to your next position.