Over the past six weeks the Career Center has been filled with professionally dressed UGA students anxiously waiting for an employer to call their name and begin an on-campus interview. Obviously being nervous for an interview is completely natural, but the good news is there are steps you can take to reduce those butterflies in your stomach! I know you have all heard it before, but I am going to tell you again, preparation is the key to doing well in an interview. Mock interviews and resume critiques are some ways to prepare for an interview and reduce the nerves you feel leading up to the interview. One other step many students overlook is doing research on the company they are interviewing with.
Doing proper research on the company will help you better understand the goals of the company and how to go about answering questions during the interview.
Here are a couple ways to tackle employer research before your interview.
1. Find out if the company has an information session.
- This is a great way to learn more about the company and the position you are applying for. This also gives you the opportunity to network with the employers and ask any questions you may have.
2. Utilize online resources.
- To start head to the company website to find information such as the mission statement, the job description, and key personnel.
- Other areas of the company to focus on include financial information, products and services, marketing strategies, key clients, major competitors, and the recruiting profiles.
- Factiva and LexisNexis Academic are great websites to use for company research. These websites and many others can be found through the UGA Main Library at http://guides.libs.uga.edu/subject-guide/34-Know-Your-Employer-Prep-for-Internships-and-Job
The more knowledge you have on the company, the more prepared you will feel, leading to a successful interview!