It pays to research that company you want to work for!
As on of the leading executive search firms in the country, we know a lot about the companies we work with. We share that knowledge with our candidate, which gives them a leg-up in the competition against other outside candidates competing for the same job in those companies.
But, if you are looking on your own and not currently using our services, you’ll want to do your homework and learn as much about the company before pursuing a career with them. Otherwise, how can you be sure the company of your dreams won’t actually turn out to be a nightmare to work for?
The benefits of doing research now will pay off during the interview. That’s the time when you can mention the relevant information you know about the company and tie it into your skills that make you the ideal candidate for the job.
Let’s face it; you are likely to be asked during the interview “Why do you want to work for us?”
So, know in advance, a few of the following things about the company:
What They Do
A company’s website “About” page will often give you information about what the company produces and the overall scope of their operation. Also, their LinkedIn page will provide information along these lines.
Why They Do It
Find the company’s mission statement and understand the passion that fuels the people who work there. If there is a real connection to your own passion, explain and promote this alignment during the interview. This may put you in solid with the interviewer.
Know about the Current Events within the company
A company’s social media pages will tell you a lot. Their Facebook and LinkedIn pages are obvious sources for current events information. These pages will also give you a feeling for company culture you can use during your interview.
Know about the Current Events within the company. A company’s social media pages will tell you a lot. Their Facebook and LinkedIn pages are obvious sources for current events information. These pages will also give you a feeling for company culture you can use during your interview.
Determine the key players, including the senior management names/titles. Understand the history of the company and when it was founded. Know about the products they produce and who their major competitors are.
In short, your time spent researching a company before interviewing will pay off. You will be able to relate to the hiring manager as an applicant interested in their company and not just someone looking for that next job.
From The Key Corporate Services Blog Team