How to properly research a company you want to work for

Where do I go from here? While many of us are left scrambling to find safer work from home options in growing remote industries, here are seven things you can do to find the perfect career fit for an ever-evolving digital future. I crowdsourced several recruiting sites for advice on the dirt you should dig on your prospective employer before you accept the position.

1. Go to the company’s website

This move allows you to figure out a few things. You get to familiarize yourself with the company’s brand, services, products, and what customers or clients have to say about their services. Definitely take a look into the careers section of their website since there you’ll be able to glean the company culture, get familiar with the job description, and get a glance at what your team members and cornerstones of the company are to see if they truly align with your values and skillsets you can provide.

2. Discover more about the company culture by looking at their social media

There’s far less turnover when you’ve done the proper research into what day to day operations go down at your place of work. A good way to do this is by checking out the company’s social media. What do the company and your co-workers do for fun? Do you share common interests? If collaborative work efforts promote productivity for you personally than a company that posts team-building trips and events together constantly on their Facebook page might be the perfect fit for you! A recent career search advice column reported,

“A 2017 State of the American Workplace report by Gallup found that just 34 percent of “professional workers” were “engaged” with their work. If you’ve found yourself perusing job listings lately, you may be among the “actively disengaged.” So, how to avoid that fate with your next move?

Career coach Anna Runyan of the Forbes lauded site, Classy Career Girl, emphasizes the importance of this research,

“It is your job to make sure it is the right fit for you.”

3. Look into the competition

This shows you’ve really done your research. Any company worth its weight anywhere will have healthy competition and if you know what you’re up against you’ll be better equipped to come up with creative solutions to outdo the competition. Any hiring manager will be impressed with this knowledge since most brands offering a product or service constantly need to be on the cutting edge of design and new technologies to thrive in their industry. It’s always a plus to be up to date on the current marketplace and industry trends if you’d like to be considered a giant in either one.

4. Connect with prospective co-workers

This research method will make several things clear. Are the employees satisfied with the company culture? What are benefit packages like? What is the workload? Are there opportunities for growth and upward mobility? Do you see yourself working alongside these folks well to maximize productivity and job satisfaction? The answers to these questions will be made crystal clear with a skim over the social and professional profiles of your future cohorts if you were to land the job.

5. Find out who the CEO is and what their core values are

Figuring out more about who owns the company you’re vying for a position can help you in your interview for several reasons. This particular deep dive shows vested interest in the company and their mission statement. Considering this company wouldn’t exist without this person’s entrepreneurial spirit it behooves you to get acquainted with their work and special interests to see if this is the kind of place your shared values and ideas can soar together. Teamwork makes the dream work as they say. This quote pulled from an article in Fast Company outlines the importance of researching your future boss.

“More than any other aspect of your job, your direct supervisor has the power to make or break you. Research has shown most people that leave their jobs, don’t leave the organization, they leave the person that they directly reported to.

They could be the dream boss, encouraging, supporting, mentoring, and doing everything in their power to help you become successful. Or they could be the boss from hell, taking credit for the work you do and doing everything in their power to make your life horrible. Most job seekers are so anxious to please during the interview and land the job that they totally overlook using the interview process as an opportunity to question their potential new boss.”

6. Look at the company message boards

This is vital vetting research to ensure you don’t end up working a dead-end job with a drag for a boss. Company message boards are full of rave reviews and experiences from old co-workers or clients or it’s a gossip column detailing the red flags you want to avoid in your next career move. Our career expert from earlier goes into why combing the message boards for problem areas is in your best interest before committing to a career,

“Stealthily explore how employees view your prospective employer without getting near their water cooler. Websites exist that offer employees an anonymous forum to dish about their companies.”

This job-hunting wisdom was pulled from an article featured on Glassdoor’s site penned by Heather Huhman. She goes into how sites like Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and The Vault reveal more than a company’s website ever could.

“To ensure you’re fully prepared for the job interview, websites such as Glassdoor help job seekers discover the inside details you can’t find on the company’s website. When using websites like Glassdoor, you can typically find information such as salary figures, employee functions and duties, company reviews, details about the hiring process, and more.”

7. Research headlines the company has been mentioned in

This tactic is crucial in discovering what the company’s core values are. Is this place ethical? Does this company exploit their workers or have horrible working conditions with little to no payoff? Any Human Resources fiascos that could potentially be problematic as a woman in this particular workplace? Did this company make breaking news headlines for being one of the first pharmaceutical companies with a promising COVID-19 vaccine? Find out what this place is all about and if you see yourself there in five years according to unbiased stories merely being reported on! How cool would it be to join a team making life-saving advances in medical science and research?