Areas To Research Of a Company When Having An Interview

If you have an interview around the corner, the best thing for you to do is PREPARE beforehand. Here are a few tips on the areas you should research before going into an interview:

Background information on the company 

As obvious as it is, it is important to research the companies background such as when they formed the company, why the company is formed, what they do etc. Most interviews will ask you what you know about the company, therefore, make sure you've gathered all the necessary information. The best place to find this information would be on the company’s website - more specifically the "About Us or "Our Story" page. 

Their Location; are the company UK based? 

Location is mostly relevant to yourself. It is important to know where the company is based so that you can plan your journey either a couple days in advance or the night before (which is what I usually do). This way you can avoid any delays on the day of the interview; arriving 15 minutes before is usually ideal. In addition, the company may also be an international company (based in other locations around the world). This is good knowledge to have of the company as you'll be able to understand the direction the company is heading; the areas they've expanded into. 

How big is the team & the team you will be working in? 

Before your interview, you may want to find out the size of the team and the team you'll be working in. Usually, companies have a 'Meet the Team' page where you may not necessarily see every single person within the business, but it will allow you to understand the employees who hold important positions within the company such as the CEO, directors, the president of company etc. LinkedIn can be a useful tool to find out a bit more on these individuals and how many employees there are in the company. 

Latest News on the company 

This could potentially be your new company and if that is going to be the case, you need to make sure you're keeping up to date with the latest news. Make sure you come across in your interview that you have studied the company's latest news (Just like a show on Netflix). It will be beneficial for you to know all of the latest on goings at the company. 

Clients, customers, services, products

Depending on the organisation you are applying to work at, they will have a service or products. It is important to find out as much as you can about  the job role before you commit to the job. It is also key to ensure you can justify your skill set for the position.   

The company's Mission 

Every company will have a mission (just like your mission is to secure this job) If you are going to get this job, you will have to know and agree in regards to what direction your potential new company would like to go in. The main reason for this is because you will be helping th organisation reach their goals, you will need to be passionate about the direction they're going in. 

Their Competitors 

It is always worth studying what the company’s competitors are, so you know who you are competing against. By knowing the other companies that have similar goals will make it easier to determine how your company can become different and more importantly, better. It will also show that you have a bigger understanding of the industry as a whole. 

We hope these top tips will help you prepare for your interview and allow you to become the perfect candidate for the job position.