Interview Question: What is your ideal company?

Interview Question What is your ideal companyInterviewers often ask this question to find out how much you know about the company you are applying for, together with your chosen industry.


At the same time, the question tests how well you fit into the organization. Your answer will help the interviewer assess whether you can meet requirements and expectations.

Do Your Research

Learn something about the company by checking their website. Keep tabs on any updates regarding the company. It is better to keep the focus of your answer on intangibles.

Stay Away from Clichés

Use a cliché-free answer that will focus more on the company rather than yourself. Don’t memorize content from the website word for word. Use the information to help get your point across that you’ve done your homework ahead of time.

Describe Your Ideal Company

While providing your description, don’t make the mistake of mentioning the name of the company you are applying for. Describe your ideal company without being worried about your interviewer. If you articulate your thoughts well, your hiring manager will see whether you’re a good fit.

Preparation is the Key

It’s important to prepare days before the interview to avoid botching a question. Preparation will also help you gain confidence during the interview. (If possible, let a friend help.)

Monitor your LinkedIn

When you’re applying for a new job, don’t forget to check your LinkedIn account and find out if there’s a person in your network that actually works for or knows something about the company. This can give you a advantage, especially if that person is willing to vouch for your skills, talents and work ethic.

Once you consider these easy tips, answering this question shouldn’t be a curve ball. Keep on practicing and focus to land the job you want.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.