Researching the Company

In order to prove you are the best candidate for the job, you will need to do a little research before your interview. It is important for you to learn what the company does, who they serve, and what they are looking for in a candidate. Luckily much of this information is often easy to find.

In today’s digital age, most large corporations will have a detailed website. Many will also have an “about our company” page to help you learn more about their mission. Their social media pages will also give you clues about who they are and who they serve.

However, not all research needs to be done online. Re-read the job description from when you applied for the position. This will state the skills and qualifications they are seeking in their new hires. If you are applying for a job locally, you may be able to visit their location to get the customer experience. This will allow you the opportunity to learn not only who they serve, but how to best serve their customers. Finally, your best resource can be talking to people who are connected to the company - either as current employees or customers. By learning about their experiences, you will have a better understanding of who the company is, who they serve, and who they are looking to hire. Knowing this information before your interview can help you feel more confident as you answer their questions.

Questions to Expect

Questions to Ask

Now that your interview is coming to a close, it’s time for you to ask the questions! Even though you are the one being interviewed for the job, you are also interviewing them to make sure the job is a good fit for you. Additionally, this is a good way to show your interest in the position. When an interviewer asks for questions, the last thing they want to hear is “No, I think you answered them all.”

You will want to ask 2-4 questions, but it’s best to prepare 3-5 in case some of your questions are answered earlier in the interview. Be sure to ask questions that are of genuine interest to you and show that you have done a little research before the interview. This is NOT the time to ask about salary/benefits or drug testing. It is best to wait and discuss money after you have been officially offered the position (though most part time jobs are not negotiable on their salary).

So what kinds of questions can I ask? Here are a few examples to get you started:

  • What does a typical day look like for someone in this position?
  • What is the biggest challenge currently facing your organization?
  • How has the industry changed in recent years? How has your organization adapted to industry changes?
  • Why did you decide to work for this organization?
  • What has been your favorite part about working for this company?
  • What does it take to be successful in this position/organization?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?
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