Interview 11: What Do You Know About the Company?

For the best result, make sure you have read this article and already have a write-up of your answer prior to your Cambly session. You can send a longer text to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system.

This following content has been modified from LiveCareer. See the original article here.


Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

In your interview, you may be asked the question, “What do you know about the company?” The interviewer wants to know if you’ve done your research, if you’re really interested in the company, if there are any issues, and if you’d be a good fit with the organization. This is a great opportunity to show your interest in the position.

 

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Have you done research so you can give an informed answer?
  • Have you spoken to other employees or connections at the organization?
  • Consider the areas of the organization in which you’re really interested.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Points to Emphasize

There’s a lot of information you could include. Be sure to:

  • Research before your interview.
  • Show your excitement for the organization with your knowledge of it.
  • If you don’t know all the inside details of the company, this is a great opportunity to learn more.
  • Be positive.
  • Be specific about what you appreciate about the company.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Have you done research into the company beyond just their website?
  • What things about the organization do you wonder about?
  • Consider how you can show your passion for the organization in your response.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Mistakes You Should Avoid

In your answer, be sure to avoid these common mistakes:

  • Don’t ignore the interviewer. If they share additional information, respond to it.
  • Don’t talk for too long. Demonstrate your knowledge.
  • Don’t avoid asking follow-up questions.
  • If you’re not sure about something, don’t say it with certainty.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Is your response flexible to include additional information from the interviewer?
  • Be prepared with how to respond if you hear additional information.
  • Consider what follow-up questions you could respond with.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Sample Answer

Here’s an example of the question, “What do you know about the company?”

“The charitable work that this organization does is very appealing to me. The dedication to the community is one of the biggest reasons that excite me about working with this organization in this role.”

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.

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