Researching companies

Researching companies

Learn about the company

When applying for jobs or preparing for an interview, it is important to learn as much as possible about the company or organization of interest.

This information will help you to decide whether you might like to work for a potential employer. Also, you may be asked questions during an interview about how familiar you are with the company/organization, and why you are interested in a position there.

Start with the company/organization website

Find it through an internet search engine such as Google.
Here are some points to focus on:

  • Company history, vision, mission
  • Explore the website–get a feel for the focus, direction, size, environment of the organization
  • Available job opportunities (look for a link to Careers, Employment, "Join…")
    • Are there a lot of open positions in one area?
    • What qualifications are normally desired?
    • Any key contacts for networking?

Additional information

You may also be interested in:

  • Public or private ownership? Profit or not-for-profit?
    • Publicly held companies have stock exchange ticker symbol.
      Example: search Yahoo! Finance, use ticker to search further
    • If applicable, what is the source of funding?
  • Impact of politics, policy, public opinion?
  • Current issues facing the organization?

Resources

Some resources which can be helpful for researching this information include:

Last updated March 02, 2009