What Research Should You Do About a Prospective Company?
At any point during your job searching process, it’s a good idea to do some research about the company (or companies) you are interested in. Whether you’re applying for jobs, doing interviews, or considering offers, researching the company can provide you with critical information. That information will help you determine whether or not the employer is a good fit for you. Here are some things you should research:
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Company values and culture
While you might not think so, learning about a company’s values and culture can help you figure out if they’re a good fit. Many companies will have pages on their website dedicated to showcasing what they’re all about. They may also have pages talking about the company’s history. This would be in addition to their products and services. The page may list things such as “client-focused,” or “work-life balance” as the key building blocks of the company. Look into the company’s “about us” page to learn more about what it would be like to work there.
You should also take note if these pages are absent, or if the company has no website at all.
Affiliations and partnerships
When you do your research, take a look at who or what organizations the company is affiliated with, as well as their partnerships. You should be able to find information about this on their website. If you can’t find anything there, do a Google search to see what comes up. Getting an idea of who or what the company associates with can help you figure out if they align with your ideals.
Social media profiles
Many companies these days have social media profiles. What they might use them for varies greatly. However, the profiles serve as a good window into what the company might be like. Social media is a good place to showcase their products and services, but also to show appreciation for employees. If you’re interested in a company that, for example, treats their employees like family, you’ll find evidence of that on social.
There’s also a chance for you to see how the company handles public relations. Unhappy customers may voice concerns in the comments. Look through a few posts to see how the company handles those concerns. If the company’s PR isn’t that great, it might be a red flag about how they treat their employees as well.
In the same vein as social media, check out the company’s online reviews. You’ll have a wide variety of website to choose from, the chief of which being Google. Other websites you might want to check out are Yelp and Indeed.
Looking at their reviews might give you a better idea of what kind of company they are. Generally speaking, a bad review score can help you determine the trajectory of the company. A lot of negative reviews about several aspects of the company can be a red flag. On the flipside, many good reviews talking about the same thing is a good sign that the company is doing something right.
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