|Don't Let Your Dog Eat Your Homework|
|Written by Abby Kohut|
Although you may believe right now that any job will do, I am here to tell you that thinking that way may lead to more trouble for you than you deserve. The last thing that you want to be doing a year from now is searching for a job because you made a hasty decision without doing your homework. To avoid these missteps, pretend you are a journalist writing an article about the company you will be interviewing with. Do the research beforehand and then ask questions during the interview to complete the story.
In the days of yore, we learned about companies from the library, the newspaper or from their annual report. Then Al Gore "invented" the Internet (just kidding) and the world was rich with vast amounts of information to be devoured. What a HUGE benefit that you need to take advantage of.
These are the top 7 things to research about a company as you prepare for your interview:
If you have done all of this homework, I can guarantee that you will develop more intelligent questions than "What is the dress code?" or "What are the core hours?" or "How many vacation days do I get?" Good questions show your interviewer that you are carefully considering their job and not simply shopping for the best compensation package.
Here are some questions you might ask based on your research:
Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Doing your homework before an interview is an essential part of your success. Knowing detailed information about the company will not only help you ask the right questions, but it will also help you understand if this is the ideal company for you to spend the next five years with. Most importantly, showing that you have done you homework demonstrates that you are truly interested in the company and it's products, which ultimately will help you land yourself a new job.