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Career Research

Resources and tips to help you research potential careers, network, find opportunities, and prepare for interviews.

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Preparing for Interviews

Thinking face emojiWhy research companies, industries, and trends before an interview?

If you understand the essentials about an employer, including how their industry and the world at large influence them, then you'll be a stand-out candidate! You'll be able to: 

  • effectively answer questions like, "What do you know about our company?"
  • prepare several insightful questions to ask your potential employer.  
  • act more confident during interview conversations, because you've built up your expertise.  
  • demonstrate your organizational skills by brining a portfolio of printed interview-prep documents* that you downloaded from the UCI Libraries.

If you get nervous during a difficult question, you can say, "Please give me a moment to check my notes."  Then use those seconds looking at your notes to take a deep breath and calm your nerves.  

Research Companies (...besides their website)Smiley face emoji

Company research can be tricky, so don't panic if you can't find lots of info about a company.  

  • Learn this search! < get our pro tips on researching companies, plus a sample answer to a real-world interview question.  

  • Learn this search! < get profiles on publicly traded companies, or very large private companies.