Interview Tips: Getting to know the employing company
Are you scheduled for an interview this week? Are you expecting that phone call or email asking you to come over for an interview? Congratulations in advance, we hope you ‘nail it’. A very vital piece you should know before setting out for the interview is having a fair knowledge of the company, what it is into, it values, vision, goals, team, its competitors etc.
How do you research for a company you know next to nothing about? and they expect you to ‘praise’ them as the leading company in their business?
We’ve lined out five (5) ways to learn about the firm you are scheduled to meet and as expected answer questions on them.
Search Engines: On getting an interview invite, get on the net, Google the firm, read them up first through Wikipedia or other options if there’s no history of them on wiki. It gives you a general perspective and rating in their field.
Corporate Website: The Company’s website (except they don’t have one) should be about the best option to give you a view of their values, as they say; Company’s website reflects their corporate image. On their site, be sure to look out for their mission statement and align your discussion to that. Also you can get the team, recent project, CSR, Vision and mission on their site.
LinkedIn Account: Whereby a full website is not obtainable; most firms maintain a corporate LinkedIn account, be sure to connect with them and get to know their work and staff.
Facebook and twitter Accounts: Facebook page are mini sites for companies and usually a must have (that is, if they don’t have a website). It’s easier to update and most often have staff, clients join them on this platform. It sure will help you get to be friends with a member of staff, an ex staff or clients who’s had a working or business experience with the firm and you can ask of them a thing or two about the firm.
Networking: Very significant to join forums such as on EmployMe where you can ask questions about the firm and get ratings on them from co networkers, previous employees and the general public.
With the above interview tips, you can never go to that interview not knowing enough of the firm and be sure to use what you know of them to good effect during the interview session.
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