What research should I do before a job interview?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Career counselor Karen Chopra discusses what to find out before a job interview.

    Karen Chopra: Hi, I am Karen Chopra I am Career Counselor in Washington, D.

    C. and now we are going to talk about how to do a research for an interview.

    Host: What research should I do before a job interview?

    Karen Chopra: If you have very little time before the interview you must make sure that you spent time with the company website. Don't just read the homepage, but read to the entire website so that you know what's there and you know what information the company has made public, because one of the worst things you can do in an interview is ask questions that revel that you haven't looked at the website. So if there is time for nothing else, spend time with the website.

    Then after you had a chance to look at the website, the next thing you you should do is google the company and google the person or people that you are going to be interviewing with. So that you can see certain recent articles about them or about the company, issues that might have come up, big things that they would expect you to know about in the interview that might have been covered in the press.

    That happens to your publicly traded company, you can take their ticker symbol and load it into one of the financial websites and you'll get lots of very specific opinion to information about the company. If you happen to be in the financial area, or in senior management, make sure if the company is publicly traded, that you go in and download their annual report and maybe even quarterly report so that you are well prepared on sort of the financials of the company and that none of that's going to take you by surprise.

    So those are all the things. You want to be as well informed about the company as anyone who is reading about them in the press, before you walk into that interview.