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Interview Part 2

  1. 1. Researching a Company PART II : INTERVIEW
  2. 2. Interview Preparation <ul><li>So, your great resum é and effective cover letter have earned you an interview … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What next? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As one part of your interview preparation, we suggest that you spend some time researching the interviewing company. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why Research a Company? <ul><li>First of all, you research a company as a way of demonstrating to the interviewer that you cared enough to learn something about them before coming in for the interview. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This involves research at its most basic level – their history, primary business, products, location(s), number of employees, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Internet can help with this basic research – in the case of many (or even most) companies, but not all. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why Research a Company? <ul><li>As importantly, you are also researching a company in order to protect yourself from making a mistake – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g., taking a job that you wish that you could quit (because of something important about them that you didn't know or bother to find out before you started the job). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the purpose of this sort of research is to find out important information ahead of time (to the extent possible) before you take the job! </li></ul></ul>More important for full-time employment.
  5. 5. Why Research a Company? <ul><li>On a practical level, the interviewer might ask questions similar to the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you know about our company? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why do you want to work with us? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What skills do you have that make you a good fit for our company? </li></ul></ul>You don’t want just any job, you want this job.
  6. 6. Interview: Part of the Process <ul><li>Researching a company continues as you take part in the interview itself. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask additional questions about anything that you couldn’t learn before the interview. </li></ul>This shows your interest in the company, and a mature approach to job hunting.
  7. 7. What Do You Want to Know? <ul><li>What are the mission, goals and vision of the company? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the corporate culture like? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the specific job you would do? </li></ul><ul><li>Will the skills you care the most about in yourself get used? </li></ul>The last items calls for you to “know yourself!” Make a skills inventory.
  8. 8. Know the Employer <ul><li>size of firm or industry </li></ul><ul><li>% annual sales growth in last 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>current events & stock prices </li></ul><ul><li>age of top management </li></ul><ul><li>geographic locations/ home office </li></ul><ul><li>who the competition is </li></ul><ul><li>organizational goals </li></ul><ul><li>organizational structure/career paths </li></ul><ul><li>number of plants/stores, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>products or services </li></ul>
  9. 9. Know Yourself <ul><li>Identify your transferable job skills </li></ul><ul><li>Become aware of your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of your weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Determine what you’re looking for in a job </li></ul><ul><li>Know how you fit with the position or organization </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct information interviews </li></ul>
  10. 10. Can the Internet Help? <ul><li>Often, all you can find out about the companies online is limited: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>names, addresses, phone and fax numbers, bottom line, credit rating, and such </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some companies provide much more detailed information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But don’t count on it </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Web-Based Resources <ul><li>The Industry as a whole </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stock Points ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yahoo financial ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wall Street Journal Research Net ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Companies online ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hoovers ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biz Web ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The specific position </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consult the Co-op office </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Where Else Can I Get Help? <ul><li>If you're going to go deeper and find out the information you really want to know, you're going to need to supplement online research with some offline research. </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to talk to people, e.g., other students, to thoroughly research the companies that interest you. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resources On and OffLine <ul><li>Career Services Library & Public Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Chamber of Commerce </li></ul><ul><li>Directories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Book of Lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City, State Directories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Periodicals, Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Web sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Six Comforting Thoughts <ul><li>In a hiring interview, you are still doing research. </li></ul><ul><li>Hiring interviews are not a science, they are an opportunity for communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Often, the employer’s representative is as nervous as you are. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Six Comforting Thoughts <ul><li>You don’t have to memorize a lot of answers to difficult interview questions. Be yourself and answer honestly. </li></ul><ul><li>The employer cares more about your future than about your past. </li></ul><ul><li>No matter what handicap you have, it need not keep you from getting hired. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Questions to Ask Yourself <ul><li>What does this job involve? </li></ul><ul><li>Do my skills truly match this job? </li></ul><ul><li>Are these the kind of people I would like to work with, or not? </li></ul><ul><li>If we like each other, and both want to work together, can I persuade them that there is something unique about me, that makes me different from 19 other people who can do the same tasks. </li></ul>
  17. 17. In Simple Terms <ul><li>Know yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Know the employer </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>