C Suite Interview Prep: Conduct High-Quality Pre-Interview Research

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

I’m Jeff Altman. People hire me for No BS job search coaching and career advice globally because I make landing a new role and succeeding in it much easier.Understanding a company’s structure, strategies, and market dynamics is essential for success in a C-suite position and a C-suite interview.  Let me walk you through a few things you can do to get a thorough understanding of an organization and its industry so you can emphasize the impact of your previous achievements on the successes you can point to during interviews so they understand your effect. These will help you for your interviews. Although some of this would be overkill for positions just underneath yours, it is critical for you.

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Here are some in-depth actions to take:

  1. Market Analysis and Trends: Understand the industry the company operates in. Analyze market trends, potential disruptions, and future growth opportunities. Utilize industry reports, such as those by IBISWorld, Gartner, or Forrester, to gather comprehensive insights into market dynamics.
  2. Financial Performance: Dig deep into the company’s financial health. Beyond annual reports, explore platforms like Bloomberg Terminal, FactSet, or Yahoo Finance for in-depth financial data. Look at revenue streams, profit margins, debt structure, and quarterly earnings reports to gauge the company’s stability and growth trajectory.
  3. Competitor Analysis: Compare the company against its competitors. Tools like Owler, Crunchbase, or MarketLine Advantage can help in understanding competitive advantages, market share, and areas for potential improvement.
  4. Corporate Governance and Leadership: Investigate the company’s governance structure, board members, and executive leadership. Understand their backgrounds, contributions, and any recent leadership changes. Websites like LinkedIn or the company’s press releases are good resources for this information.
  5. Company Culture and Values: Research the company’s culture, values, and mission. Explore employee reviews on platforms like Glassdoor or Blind to gain insights into the work environment, company culture, and employee experiences.
  6. Recent News and Press Releases: Stay updated on the latest news, press releases, and industry articles related to the company. Google News, industry-specific publications, and the company’s press releases can provide helpful current information.
  7. Networking with Current or Former Employees: Leverage your network to connect with current or former employees. Information from insiders can provide unique insights into the company’s culture, challenges, and opportunities.
  8. Understanding Recent Projects or Initiatives: Familiarize yourself with the company’s recent projects, initiatives, or strategic changes. Explore case studies, whitepapers, or presentations available on the company’s website or industry publications.
  9. Regulatory Environment and Compliance: Research the company’s adherence to regulatory standards and compliance measures specific to its industry. Understanding how the company navigates legal and regulatory challenges showcases a deeper level of insight.

Remember, the goal is not just to gather information but to synthesize it into meaningful insights that demonstrate your understanding of the company’s current standing, challenges, and potential strategies for growth. Tailor your interview responses to align with this research, showcasing your expertise and how you can contribute to the company’s goals.

Sources may vary depending on the specific industry and company, but credible sources like company websites, financial databases, industry reports, and reputable business publications can provide the necessary information for comprehensive research. Remember that online brokerage account you have has great information about public companies.

Moving Ahead


People hire Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter to provide No BS Career Advice globally because he makes many things in peoples’ careers

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

easier. Those things can involve job search, hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, career transition, as well as advice about resolving workplace issues. 

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2800 episodes. 


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