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What to Look for When Researching a Potential Employer

March 24th, 2015

As one of the leading employment agencies in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Provisional knows that in today’s job market, there are a lot of candidates out there. How can you stand out from the crowd? By doing your research about a prospective employer ahead of the interview.

But you shouldn’t be looking for the date the company was founded, or who sits on the board of directors. Instead, look for the following:

  • Information about their products / services / clients. By having a general sense of their offerings and whom they serve, you’ll be more prepared to answer the interviewer’s questions.
  • What challenges the company faces or anticipates facing in the near future.
  • What specific problems they’re looking to solve by hiring.
  • What makes them different, better, or unique when compared to their competition.
  • What their reputation is in the industry and as an employer.
  • Any reasons they’ve made the news recently, such as contracts awarded or new products coming out.
  • Who the key players are at the company so if their names are brought up during the interview, you’ll know who they are.
  • Information about the company’s culture so you can clearly explain why you’re a good fit for it.

The interviewer probably isn’t going to quiz you on the information above. Although, they might ask a general question, such as: “Tell me about what you know about our company.” But what you can do is tie in the facts you do learn through research into your answers to the interviewer’s questions.

For instance:

“I noticed in the News section of your website that the company recently acquired an auto parts retailer. With my 15 years of experience in the automotive industry, I think I could do a lot to build relationships with both new and existing customers.”

Don’t worry about memorizing the company’s website. Instead, focus on the tips above so you’re not caught off guard during a job interview and so you stand out among the sea of candidates who aren’t as informed about the company as you are.

If you’d like more help finding your next job, call Provisional. As one of the leading employment agencies in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, we’ll work with you to get to know your skills, background, and personality. We’ll then match you with rewarding jobs that are a great fit for you. Search our Coeur d’Alene jobs now or contact us today.