What do you know about the company? How To Answer Interview Questions
This question may be phrased a few different ways, such as:
"How much do you know about what we do?"
"What do you already know about the position?"
It serves not only as a way for the employer to gauge how much they need to explain about the job, but also as a way for them to tell whether you've done your homework.
This is one reason it pays to research the company and the job you are interviewing for. By spending 20 to 30 minutes or more reading online, you should be able to find out enough about the company to sufficiently answer the question.
A good place to start is the company Web site, if they have one. Review the company goals or mission statement, and glance at a few recent news releases. The more you understand about the status of the company, the more you'll understand why they're hiring for this position and what they expect of it.
Some other places to find useful information:
- LinkedIn (if you know the name of your interviewer)
You should be able to discuss company products or services at the interview. You don't have to know everything about the company, just let your answer show you are interested and want to be part of its ongoing success. Your answers should at least tell the interviewer you have taken the time to do the research to be prepared.
Example: I know this company handles personal tax returns and does bookkeeping for some small businesses. I also know the company has plans to expand into bookkeeping for larger firms, which is great, because my plans to pursue a business accounting degree are right in line with that.
How to answer common interview questions: