When preparing for an interview, it is imperative that you know about the employer. Most of this information can be gathered through sources available at the IU Southeast library, the Career Development Center office in University Center 106, and on the Internet. (Always ask the Reference Librarians for assistance.)
Before interviewing, you should gather the following information:
There are many ways to research an employer and all available sources should be used whenever possible. Sources of information can be broken down into various categories: people sources, paper sources and computerized sources.
People Sources: When researching an employer, be certain to contact friends and relatives to seek their advice. This group of people would include immediate and extended family members, faculty and classmates. This last group is often forgotten and yet more than 90% of IU Southeast students work while attending college. In addition, contact the Better Business Bureau and the local and state Chambers of Commerce for additional information on local employers.
Paper Sources: Directories, books, newspapers, registers and manuals can be found in libraries in most communities. These are excellent sources of information on a large number of employers.
Computerized Sources: The Internet is a valuable source of information on many topics. CD ROM data bases are available in most libraries and contain a wealth of information on many employers.