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Due Diligence: Researching Companies Before Your Interview

Today, the process of landing a job is more competitive than ever. That’s why it’s even more important to go into job interviews feeling fully prepared. With lots of material available online plus the prevalence of social networking, doing your due diligence when it comes to researching a company is more involved than it once was. With more information about companies and even hiring managers available online, expectations for what you should know before you show up are much higher.

Brush up on the news.
Check up on recent news bits that may include a company or that stand to influence the profession as a whole. This is a great way to prove you are well informed, but it also may let you find additional news that the company wouldn’t post on their own site such as layoff information, possible deals the company is engaged in or TARP news. It can also give you another view of government interaction with the business that could affect its practices.

Leverage your network.
Tap into your alumni network and industry associations to find current or former employees of the company. Ask them what it’s really like to work there, if people are satisfied or always looking to leave, what the company’s expectations are and whether there are any major changes in the pipeline.

Remember the power of social media.
Your network doesn’t end with alumni associations and trade groups. Social media can also be a great way to connect with important contacts and expand your networking base. Try researching potential contacts through venues such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may even be able to find information about hiring managers that can be useful during the interview.

Researching a company before you interview is important to prove you are prepared and dedicated to doing well. However, it’s also a great way to find out if that company is really the best fit for you. By researching, you can evaluate a company’s strengths and weaknesses on your own and decide if working there would fit your own personality and goals.

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