The question “what do you know about our organization?” is so common in job interviews.
In fact, when I was preparing for my own interviews I found the question to be extremely helpful because it allows both candidates and interviewers to assess how well a candidate knows the company.
In this blog post, I'll share with you 8 real-life examples of “what do you know about us?”
The best answer specific facts you found while researching the company that demonstrates you understand their business and got to know their organization before applying.
A global company with operations in over 20 countries
I’m familiar with [company name] because I did some research on the company before applying for the position. I read the company website, and I also looked at its annual report to get a sense of the size and scope of the business.
I know that [company name] is a global company with operations in over 20 countries. They have been in business since 1999, and they specialize in providing software solutions for companies in multiple industries.
[Company name] employs over 2,000 people worldwide, but their staff is highly specialized: there are over 1,500 software developers working on projects for clients around the world.
I also learned that [company name] has won numerous awards over the years including being named one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 fastest-growing private companies three times (2002-2004).
A company that focuses on the development of new technology and products
I know that you are a company that focuses on the development of new technology and products, with a particular interest in cybersecurity.
The most recent product that I saw was [product name], which is an innovative way to protect your data from hackers, and it seems like a great solution for your customers’ needs.
You recently won an award for your efforts in sustainability
I’ve done some research into your company, and I found a few things that really stood out to me. For example, you recently won an award for your efforts in sustainability. Congratulations! That’s an incredible achievement, and I think it’s great that you are focusing on environmental issues.
I also read that your company was voted to have the best work-life balance in the industry by the local press. That’s a huge accomplishment—it shows that you care about employees and want them to be happy while they’re at work.
Finally, I noticed that one of your biggest clients is [client name]. Having such a prestigious client is really impressive; it shows that your company is capable of working with big names in the industry.
You've been around for over 100 years
I have done quite a bit of research into the company, and I'm very impressed by its mission. You've been around for over 100 years, and you are one of the oldest companies in your industry. It's really impressive that you've had such longevity.
I also learned that [company name] has been ranked on numerous "best companies to work for" lists over the last decade. That's a great indicator of how happy employees are with their work environment, which is always important to me when I'm looking for a new job.
I also found out that [company name] has been named one of the top 100 places to work in 2019 by Glassdoor. That's an even bigger honor than being named one of the best companies to work for—it means that people who have worked at [company name] feel so strongly about their experience that they're willing to share it publicly with others on Glassdoor's website.
A company that provides software solutions for various industries
I know that [company name] is a company that provides software solutions for various industries and that you were founded in the year 20XX.
I'm very interested in your work, as I am particularly interested in how companies can use technology to make their business processes more efficient and effective.
I also know that you have offices around the world and that some of your services include [service 1], [service 2], and [service 3].
You are focused on providing a high-quality service that your customers can rely on
I have read about [company name]'s mission statement, which is to "be the leading provider of a seamless, secure, and consistent experience for our customers across all channels and devices." I also know that you are focused on providing a high-quality service that your customers can rely on.
I know that [company name] has been around since 1877 and has been named one of Fortune's Best Companies to Work For every year since 1998. I also know that you've recently expanded your operations into Mexico, China, and India.
I understand how important it is for you to maintain your reputation as a company that values its employees. That's why I'm confident that the work I would do here will be meaningful and important to the organization.
It was founded by a woman who has always had a passion for helping others
I know that [company name] is a small, but growing company.
It was founded by a woman who has always had a passion for helping others, and it shows in the way she runs her business.
The company's mission is to help customers find affordable, easy-to-use products that help them get more out of their lives.
The company's headquarters are located in Santa Clara, CA.
You're currently working on a project to create the world's first fully automated robotic
I've been researching your company for a while now, and I know that you're currently working on a project to create the world's first fully automated robotic vacuum cleaner. What I don't know is how you plan to do this.
I can see from the home page that you have some ideas about what such a device could look like, but I'd like to hear from you about how it would work, and why it's important for consumers.
You've mentioned in other interviews that this project is likely to cost millions of dollars, so I'm interested in hearing more about how you plan to raise that money and where it will come from.