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Determine Company Fit through Research and Interview Questions

January 2018- by Chelsea Derr, Transition Career Coach

When looking for a new job, finding a company that is good fit for you is just as important as making sure the job itself is the right fit. The last thing you want is to find the perfect job and find out later that the company isn’t what you expected.

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  • Company website
    A company’s website is the best place to start your research. Check out their ‘About Us’ section to read the company’s mission and values. Look for a corporate blog and news announcements. Review their Investor Relations page and annual report to gauge the company’s financial health and industry standing. You can also often find links to social media profiles.

  • Social Media
    Looking at social media profiles is a great way to get a feel for a company’s personality, including how they speak and express themselves, the type of content they’re sharing, and their level of activity. Search for the company’s profiles on social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. They may even have their own YouTube or Vimeo channel.

  • Company Reviews
    To get an internal perspective, check out company/employee reviews online. When reading reviews, take them with a grain of salt. Remember that reviews are people’s opinions on the company. You can leverage the information to ask questions during the interview to help you clarify and find answers.

  • Google Search
    Search the company’s name to see how they are represented online, company news releases, and links to other information sources.

  • Speak with People
    Talk to people who have worked for or with the company, such as current and past employees, customers, and clients. Gather information, not gossip, by keeping the conversations professional and positive.

Interview Questions

  • What’s the company culture like?
  • Why is this position open?
  • What are some of the key initiatives of the company?
  • What makes you proud to work for this company?
  • How does the company support professional development and career growth?
  • What is the turnover rate for the team/organization?
  • What do team members usually do for lunch? Sit and eat at their desk, go out to eat, etc.
  • How does the company or you motivate your team?
  • What are some ways the company or team celebrates success?
  • If you could change one thing about the company, what would it be?
  • Is the company involved in any philanthropy or volunteer work?
  • What role do company values play in hiring and performance reviews?

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