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EES1100 Master of Environmental Science Research Guide

This guide will help Master of Environmental Students at UTSC access key resources for research, learn about publishing and scholarly communication, prepare for internship, and more.

"What do you know about our company?"

This is a common interview question. Research the basics of a company before you go out for an interview with them. 

Why they ask this:

  • Do you care enough to do the deep research?
  • Are you a good researcher?

Consider the following:

  • Management
  • Recent events (mergers, IPOs, expansions)
  • Financials
  • Operations
  • Competition
  • Trends

Ask yourself smart questions:

  • What are the main challenges this company is facing?
  • What is their mission? Their vision? Their goals?
  • What is the news saying about this company?
  • Have there been recent layoffs?
  • Who are the biggest competitors?
  • Are they #1 in anything?
  • Am I connected to anyone who works/has worked here?
  • Who will be interviewing me?
  • What are they proud of?
  • Who are the major players?
  • Do I know anyone working in this industry?
  • What is the industry's culture?
  • Are there any major changes in regulation that impact this industry?

Do the Research

Use these resources to find the information you need. Learn about the company. Find biographies of key executives or pictures of the people who will be interviewing you.

Taking time to prepare for your interview shows dedication and care. 

First: Browse the company website

Go to the company website. Avoid the "consumer-facing" webpages, and focus instead on pages with substantial information on the company such as:  

  • Investor Relations
  • About Us
  • Recent news

Next: Read company profiles

Company profiles include:

  • Key facts
  • Business description
  • History
  • Key employees (biographies, experience, education)
  • Products/services
  • SWOT analysis
  • Key competitors
  • Locations

Search company profiles in the databases and directories suggested below. You may also view the information found for Annual Reports and Regulatory Filings

Information on Public Institutions

Province of Ontario

Ontario Public Service: look under Who We Are and Our Workplace.

List of Ontario Ministries

Government of Canada

Government of Canada jobs: information on various job programs with the Government of Canada

List of Canadian Ministries

People & Executive Research

Search for biographies in a specialized database. 

Real-Time Data Applications

Access information on thousands of public & private companies, markets, deals and executives, including:

  • Company filings and financials
  • Historical data
  • Transactions (debt, equity, M&A)
  • Screen for companies to meet your investment criteria

Other Places to Look