How to research a company before an interview

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Here are some best practice tips for professionals on how to research potential employers.

Most professionals who are researching a company before their interview visit the company website first and look in the 'about us' section to review the mission statement, company history, culture, products and services, global reach and management structure.

But don't stop there:
 

Use LinkedIn

Look at the company profile for more information on the company and your interviewers’ profile. What are their responsibilities within the business? Is there anything relevant in their career background? What projects do they lead? Which business areas are they interested in? You'll also be able see your connections at the company - make a note and ask them questions - as well as new hires, promotions, jobs posted, related companies, and company statistics.

Most professionals who are researching a company before their interview visit the company website first and look in the 'about us' section to review the mission statement, company history, culture, products and services, global reach and management structure.

Use Facebook and Twitter

If the company have a Facebook page become a fan and follow it them on Twitter. You'll find information you may not have found otherwise including news, events, newsletters, company updates, available jobs, client comments and much more.

Read the 'Investor Relations' section and the site map

While visiting the organisation’s website, don't miss the Investor Relations section and the sitemap. You’ll find lots of useful information here including company performance and what the turnover / share price is.

Sign-up to newsletters and request a brochure

It’s worth requesting a company brochure and signing up for any newsletters so you can receive up-to-date information on the company.

Keep an eye on the news

Look for mentions of the organisation or your interviewers in the press. Where has the organisation been mentioned, what for and with whom? What are the latest developments in the business and which areas are they focusing in on?

If your interviewers are quoted anywhere, what do the quotes reveal about them? How does the article describe the interviewers’ roles within the company? Does it tell you anything about their background history?

Ask your recruitment consultant

Your Robert Walters recruitment consultant will have met your potential employer and can provide you with the relevant job information before you attend your interview. They should be able to tell you why the organisation is recruiting, what the recruitment process will be like and describe the personalities of the interviewers.

For more career advice please contact:

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
nic.sephton-poultney@robertwalters.com
+27 (0) 11 881 2414

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