The Background Check

Background checks are a routine part of everything we do now. If you are like the rest of us, you never go on a date without first checking out their facebook, instagram, twitter and any other online info you find is really just a bonus. It s cool, you can admit it, we re all friends here. The same goes for planning a holiday, where people often visit up to 38 touch points (hotel websites, review sites etc.) before booking. When there is an element of unpredictability to an experience, like that of a date or a holiday, we tend to do our homework to make sure we are prepared and to get the most out of it. You need to apply this same strategy to every company you interview for and every career event you attend. Upon arriving at an interview or career event, you should not be asking So, what does your company do? That may seem like a given, but we overheard stranger and more shocking questions at the Talent Hustle on Tuesday.

Don t go in empty handed or blind, you need to arm yourself with ammo in the form of information. We re talking basic company information too, you don t need to have studied their profit and loss accounts for the last 10 years or anything. What it really comes down to is that it s a bit of an insult to both the company and to your interviewer if you haven t bothered to look into the fundamental aspects or history of their business. You can be certain that they ve done their homework and looked into your background. Don t worry though, we are going to help you to get one up on them with the quick guide below.

Brushing up on their background

You can use these pointers as a rough guide on what you should brush up on in terms of company information before an interview or career event.

  • When was the company set up?
  • Who are the founders and what are their backgrounds?
  • What is their mission statement?
  • What does the company actually do?!
  • Who are their clients or customers?
  • How big is the company or how many employees are there?
  • Are there other office locations?
  • What markets do they perform in?
  • What press attention have they received?
  • Have they won any awards?

By nature, we are a group of information hunters and gatherers, devouring knowledge at an unbelievable rate, so you should have no problem digging up this info. The company s about us page on their website or their Brand Bio page on Jobbio are good places to start. A lot of Brands have career videos that will give you an insight to life inside the company and their culture. Goes without saying, you will need to do your own research and preparation on the position you are interviewing for. People may frown upon digging up the dirt on your date for Friday night, certainly not us, but background digging on the company you want to work for is allowed.

Actually, it is an essential part of preparation and a requirement for success. Yes, that means you have a full license to stalk. Go wild.

Stalk Brands Here. 1

References

  1. ^ Stalk Brands Here. (jobbio.com)

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