Why Research Organizations?

Application and Interview Preparation

The more information you know about an organization, the easier it is to clearly state your interest in the position and and how you will contribute to the organization. You also want to demonstrate you have done your due diligence with your research and that you have spent time learning about the organization. 

Career Research 

As you start your job search or consider your career path, understanding the work of organizations and the types of positions offered can be very helpful. Researching an organization will allow you to learn about its values, mission, and impact on the world. In some cases, you might be surprised that a given organization employs people with certain majors. By performing this research, you will gain a clearer understanding of the options available to you. 

How to Research Organizations 

In addition to the following essential research steps you should employ to get to know an organization, meet with a Career Education Coach for assistance researching organizations, interview preparation, and career and major research

Online Research

  • Search the organization website to find general information, such as their mission and values, locations, jobs, services, history, and key leaders.
  • Check out social media such as Facebook, Twitter, andLinkedIn. You should know the information organizations post on these platforms. ResearchLinkedIn profiles of people with whom you will be interviewing and key executives.
  • Read recent media and press about the organization and/or its leaders.
  • Search for and read the organizations' profile on HireABobcat.com, powered by Handshake.

Go to the Source

  • Perform an informational interview with a representative from the organization. This is not a job interview, but rather an opportunity for you to learn from the individual. 
  • Attend a career fair or organizational information session to talk with representatives and recruiters directly. This will also help you build your professional network. 
  • Talk with people in your professional network to see if they know about the organization of interest. 

Additional Resources


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