What are the key things to know about the company before attending an interview

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Are you planning to attend an interview?Knowing about the company will be a huge advantage for you during the interview.

Finding a good job in a reputed company is a very tough thing these days. There are many factors that one should take into consideration while attending an interview, thankfully we have the internet where we can find information to figure out about the company. To become a stand-out candidate in the hiring process, one of the best ways is being ready with all the information about the organization and the employer.

You might be wondering now, “Why should I spend time in researching and knowing about the company?” Here is the reason you can know about what the company does and what they look for in a candidate. So you can be prepared to reach their expectations.

Nowadays knowing about the company is a very easy task with the transparency the internet providing. There are many websites available on the internet and you can also find the required information in the company website.

What you should look in a company?

Most of the sites will provide the information about what a company does, but the more important thing that we have to know is how the past and present employees feel about the organization.

Here are some questions that will help you in your search:
  • History of the company
  • How many employees are working with the company?
  • What is the mission of the company and does it align with your views? What are their services and products?
  • Who are its clients and main competitors?
  • What type of work culture does the company follow?
  • Are they a public company, family-owned company, start-up firm or venture-capital-funded business?

As you are preparing for your upcoming interview, here are few things you should learn about a company:

  1. Know the Company’s Expectations:

The first thing you should know is what the employer expects from a qualified candidate. This will help you to prepare for the position which you are applying.

Just have a look at their job postings to know about the job descriptions, roles, and responsibilities etc. In the company’s careers page, you can also find the information like the skills they need and what kind of employees they desire. In addition, you can also reach out the employees who are currently working in that company through LinkedIn or Facebook etc and ask them about what their employer values most in the workplace.

2. Key players of the organization.

The key players in the company are those who hold important roles in the organization. Generally, these individuals can be managers, department heads and especially the CEO/president of the company. You can find the information about the key players in the company’s “about us” page. You can follow these people on twitter and LinkedIn and Facebook to learn what employees say about the company online.

3. Check the recent news and events
It is always a good idea to be knowledgeable about the company’s latest events and news updates before attending a job interview. The best source for you to find out the information regarding the company’s latest events and updates is the website as every company will have a page on their website dedicated to press releases and events.

4. Company’s work culture, mission, and values

At the time of the interview, you should be able to show the confidence that you are a good fit for the company’s work culture. While researching about the company pay attention to what’s written on their website about the company’s values and mission. You can know more about the company by following the social media networks.

  1. Know their Clients, products, and services.

Assume that you got selected and now as an employee, you should have minimum knowledge about the type of work you are going to do. By having a general idea of who the company’s clients are and the types of products and services are offered, you’ll be more prepared for the interview, too.

Check the company’s website, blogs, case studies and white papers to get a better idea of their accomplishments.

6.Know about salary and Roles

To know the information such as salary figures, employee functions and duties, company reviews, work culture and details about the hiring process etc check the websites like Glassdoor, Google news, Hallway, CareerLeak etc. These websites will help the job seekers by providing the information which is not provided on the company’s website.

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Chaitanya Vaddi, popularly known as CV, has a rich experience of over a decade in the IT industry as an HR professional. He worked in HR senior managerial positions in several reputed IT companies such as Oracle India, IBM, Apps Associates and Netxcell. He did his Masters in Business Administration from Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati and holds a certificate in Executive Program in Human Resource from IIM Kolkata.