Free Resources: PDF Transcript | Quiz Transcript Hello and welcome. I\u2019m Tim Simmons, and you\u2019re listening to the Business Skills 360 podcast. Glad you could join me. This is the third part in our 360 series on your first job interview, and we\u2019re going to be looking at the topic of research. And by that I mean the research that you should be doing before you step into the interview. Okay, so let\u2019s get started... When you prepare for an interview, you want to arm yourself with knowledge in three key areas. Number one is the position itself. Number two is the company. And number three is the industry. So, how do you find out about the position? Well, the job ad or posting is an obvious place to start. This should include a job description that lists all the responsibilities and skills required for the position. You may also visit the company\u2019s website, or go to job websites that describe similar positions and the type of work that people with that job do. You can even try to talk to people who work at the company. When you\u2019re doing your research, you should be asking yourself several questions. What are the required skills and attributes for the job? What is a person in this position expected to deliver or produce? How much authority comes with this position? How does this position fit into the company\u2019s organizational structure? Which other people in the company will I have to work with? The more you can find out, the better. It will help you to understand which of your skills and experiences are the most relevant or impressive. Your research will also help you discover things that you want to know more about, so you\u2019ll be able to ask pertinent questions to the interviewer. Great, so what\u2019s next? That\u2019s right, you need to research the company, and a great place to start is their website. There you should be able to find an overview of the company. What are their products and services? What is their mission? Who are the company leaders? What is the company\u2019s history? From there you can search for the company in the news and learn about the latest developments. Try to figure out where the company fits in the market as well as how it differs from the competition. Dig deeper and read between the lines to understand what kind of corporate culture exists and to see what challenges the company is currently facing. During the interview, you may be able to speak about potential solutions to such challenges. Finally, you should learn something about the industry and the market in which the company operates. There are plenty of resources online, but you can also head to the library or bookstore to browse books and magazines. Industry publications and newsletters can also help. As you learn about the industry in general, see where the company fits into the greater scheme of things. Also pay attention to trends, growth areas, external influences, and problems in the industry. Okay, these are the three key areas of research that you need to cover before your interview. If you\u2019ve done your homework, you will arrive feeling much more prepared and, therefore, more confident. You\u2019ll be able to fit the interview questions and your responses into a broader context of the company\u2019s goals. You\u2019ll also be able to ask much better questions to the interviewer. Don\u2019t feel that you have to pull out everything that you learned. The fact that you\u2019ve done research will shine through in your responses and questions. And interviewers truly appreciate any effort you\u2019ve put into your preparation. Hopefully, they are so impressed that they offer you the job... That\u2019s all for now. I\u2019m Tim Simmons, and this is Business Skills 360. If you\u2019d like to test your understanding of today\u2019s show, please visit us online at www.BusinessEnglishPod.com. You\u2019ll find a quiz as well as a transcript, plus lots of other useful material. And don\u2019t forget to tune in to our next episode, where we\u2019ll wrap up our series on first job interviews with a great show on how to answer those particularly difficult questions that interviewers might throw at you. See you soon. Discussion Questions 1.\tWhen you do research, where do you usually look for information? 2.\tWhy do you think it might be important to know something about the company where you will have an interview? 3.\tWhat are some recent important trends in the industry in which you want to work?