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Researching a Company

Research a company before an interview to
A) Learn about the company to ask intelligent questions and show interest in working there.
B) Find out if this seems like a place where you would want to work.

One of the best sources of information is, of course, the company's website. This will give you information about the company's:

  • Products and services
  • Competitors
  • Executives
  • Values and mission

The company website represents what a company thinks of itself. While their own website will most likely show you the most positive aspects of the company, it is a good way to get a sense of what is important to them. Their website represents how they want to be seen by everyone else.

It is also a good idea to look for more objective information about the company. There are several you can use for learning about companies.

  • Linkedin - You can learn about companies and find people in you Network that work there
  • Glassdoor gives you an inside look at company reviews for thousands of jobs.

You can also check the local newspaper online to see if there are any local news stories. Using your favorite search engine to see what else you can find may turn up some interesting results as well.

Use this research to help you formulate questions to ask when you are interviewing.