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What Should You Know About a Company Before You Attend a Job Interview?

11636585_lIf you have applied for a job and secured a job interview there are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare. One of the key things you’ll need to do is research – but what do you need to know about the company before you meet the employer?

Job Role

Before you attend a job interview you will need to know the job role inside out. Of course, it’s impossible to know everything about the job (that’s what job interview questions are about) but you should know the basics. Research the job role by looking at the job description and job advert. What responsibilities are mentioned? What key skills are needed? What experience would be necessary? After looking at this make a list of all of your relevant skills and experience and try and think of some examples that showcase this work. In a job interview the employer will want to know why you want to work in the role and if you research the position and show your knowledge of the job then this will inevitably show the employer your passion for the role.

Company History

It’s beneficial to visit the company website and find out information before you attend a job interview. The interviewer will no doubt ask you some questions regarding the company and why you want to work for them and you’ll find these questions tough to answer if you don’t know anything about it! Read up on key events and familiarise yourself with their work.

Key Staff

Knowing key staff members can further demonstrate your passion to work for the company. The about section of the employer’s website should tell you who the directors are and the management team. As you may even be interviewed by one of these, knowing their name professional background may help you to feel more prepared.


In a job interview you will need to explain how you can have an impact on the company and how you see yourself developing in the job. Knowing the company’s plans for expansion or their main goals can help you to tailor your answer.