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09/09/08
Evaluating companies. Questions to consider
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 8:04 pm



A.  Impressions
- What type of company will you be talking to?
- What is the nature of the company’s funding?
  How does it impact you?
-  What are the company’s products?
   Do you like what they are in?
   Will you be able to contribute?
 - How does the company market and sell
its products?  Will you be involved in this area?
 - Are there any hot markets for the company
products. services?
    What are your risks?

B.  Assessing the company
 - Rating credentials:  Dunn and Bradstreet
 - Website:  How user friendly, informative
and inviting to customers is it?
 - Outside assessment:  investment
community, BBB…Any negatives?
Do they make “payday” or are there
layoffs, required vacations?
Patents and quality of publications,
advertisements, brochures, and
bulletin boards.
Do they meet professional standards?
 - Quality of products?  Would or do
you own them?
 - Employees:  current and past, see how
proud they are working there.

C.  Company stability
 - Current customers -  major and local
 - Current competitors
 - Company owners-  privately held, private
equity, corporate ownership, shareholders,
etc.
 - Company managers - management team,
length of tenure, background
 - Company size -  revenues, balance sheet,
employees, contractees, rates of change
 - Lawsuits against the company?  Why?



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