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Why should I research a company? 

  • It is a critical factor in evaluating candidates for a position.
  • It provides evidence of interest and enthusiasm.
  • The knowledge gained will create a common base between you and the interviewer for questions and discussion.

What types of information should I gather? 

  • How long has the company been in business?
  • What is the company's mission?
  • What does it value and where it it going? Do these match your goals?
  • What do they do and who do they do it for?
  • Who are their major competitors?
  • Are they a growing company? If so, what areas?
  • What is the company's reputation in the industry?
  • What divisions or subsidiaries do they own?
  • Where are their locations, specifically the headquarters?
  • How many employees do they have and how do sales compare to the competition?
  • How much are they worth?
  • What are the current projects, product lines or developments? What is next?

Where can I gather this information? 

  • Internet resources provided by the organization will provide you with one-sided positive information. Review these outside resources to get a well-rounded view of the organization:
  • Directories can be found at most public, college, university, and business libraries. In many urban areas, the Chamber of Commerce and governmental agencies publish local directories:
    • Standard & Poor's Register of Corporations
    • Dunn & Bradstreet Million Dollar Directory
    • Moody's Industrial Manual
    • Directory of Corporate Affiliations
    • Who Owns Whom: North American Edition
  • Periodicals along with any other local papers are good to research where the company might have plants, divisions, headquarters, etc.
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • The Pittsburgh Business Times
    • Business Week
    • National Business Employment Weekly
    • U.S. News and World
    • Barron's
    • Commercial and Financial Chronicle
    • Bank and Quotation Record
  • Networking with relatives, friends, family, and acquaintances. Some of them may work in you field of interest or know someone who does. They can provide you with "inside information" on organizations, and may pass on job openings as they become available.
  • Visit the Bailey Library Resource Page



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