Interview Tips: How to Answer “What Do You Know About This Company?”


“What do you know about this company?”

“What can you tell me about our products/services?”

“What do you know about our industry?”

No matter how interviewers phrase this question, one thing is certain: Homework is essential to nailing down your response!

Let the other candidates wring their hands and sit in the hot seat – because we have you covered. Below, our national employment agency shares a few tips for effectively answering questions about company or industry knowledge:

  • Understand why the interviewer is asking it. Employers pose this question to gauge your real interest in the opportunity. If you can’t be bothered enough to spend a little time educating yourself about their company, the industry and the job itself, the interviewer will conclude that you’re just a “tire kicker” who doesn’t care about making a good impression.
  • Assume it’s coming. Just knowing that you’ll be asked about company knowledge will help you panic less when it’s asked.
  • Do your homework. Research the employer, their industry and the specific position you want. Take good notes, especially about anything that’s surprising, concerning or aligns well with your strengths and interests:
    • Scour the company’s website and social media platforms.
    • Conduct a thorough online search, using your browser’s News tab.
    • Learn everything you can about the company’s size, locations, markets, products/services, mission/vision, industries served, competitors and recent accolades.
    • Scan relevant industry publications to identify the biggest trends and challenges.
    • Find out everything you can about the job.
  • Integrate what you learn into your response. Do more than just spout off a list of facts:
    • Craft a response that shows you understand what you learned, by connecting the dots between the company and their industry as a whole.
    • Explain your interest in learning more about a fact, challenge or trend you uncovered in your research.
    • Explain why you’re the ideal candidate for the opportunity, based on what you learned. If possible, find a way to incorporate your transferable job skills or work experience into your response.
  • Maximize the value of your homework. At some point, your interviewer is likely to turn the tables – and ask what questions you have for them. Use what you learned while conducting research to create a list of relevant, specific follow up questions.

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