Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Interviewing Skills - Research Companies

So you've been lucky enough to get an interview, now how can you make sure that you can lock in an offer and get the job? I am going to keep this really simple: RESEARCH (learn) and PRACTICE.

First, So your RESEARCH and learn about potential companies and employers. The more you learn about the company you are interviewing for, the more interactive the interview will be and the more likely you are to stand out and rise above the competition.

Tap Network Resources

Start by seeing if there is anyone you know that works at the company you are interviewing with and ask them for key insights. Tap into the social and professional networking tools and get connected or re-connected. Next, do your job search and career planning research.

Top Websites for Company and Industry Research

Hoovers Online

A quick one-stop reference for business information: industry overviews, company directories, Fortune 500 lists and more.

BusinessWeek Online - Company Research

Search over 42,000 public and 322,000 private companies worldwide. Find stock quotes, news and press releases, financial data and key competitors. Research compensation, biographies, and board relationships of key company executives.

Forbes -Lists

Lists of everything imaginable - best small companies, best big companies, fastest growing, top private, world's biggest and more.

The Inc. 5000

Quickly get information on the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. With a quick click on Top 100 Lists you can drill-down and get all sorts of statistics on the top 100 fastest growing private companies.

Newslink

Easily search for news articles on the web on any given company, industry or topic. The site also has state and market links to every major media outlet: magazine, newspaper, TV and radio for easy access and on news with the U.S. and beyond .

Find Articles.com - Now Super-Powered by BNET

Another great news and article search tool that allows you to search by most popular topics, publications or by key categories and industries.

In summary, maximize your career planning time with these best career websites for research and learn all that you can about potential employers. Remember ... you can never be too prepared.

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