Guides to Business Subjects


No. 17 - Job Interviews

This is one of a series of research guides produced by the Thomas J. Long Business Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

Last updated 06/2010.

UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked * by using the library's proxy server.

See also:

CategorySources
Company Research Electronic Resources

A company's 10-K, Annual Reports, and other SEC filings are a good source of information about a company. * Mergent Online provides company financials in easy to access formats.

* Hoover's provides public and private company profiles that include business overview, products and operations, subsidiaries, current news, history, financials, key competitors, names and salaries of executives. Hoovers reports and current news and trade articles are also available in * Lexis/Nexis Academic.

* Onesource (restricted to Haas students) provides information from a number of business databases. Available are public and private company news and analysis, as well as profiles that provide business overview, products, operations, financials, key competitors and customers, names of executives, news, subsidiaries, divisions.

Print Sources

* Hoover's Handbook of American Business
Austin, TX.: Hoover's Business Press. Annual.
Profiles of major companies with descriptions, officers, competitors, financial performance.
In print: HG4057 .A28617 Reference

* Hoover's Handbook of Emerging Companies
Austin, TX. : Hoover's Business Press. Annual.
Public companies selected because of growth, sales, or market value.
In print: HG4057 .A33 Reference

* Hoover's Handbook of Private Companies
Austin, TX.: Hoover's Business Press. Annual.
Profiles of major U.S. enterprises with revenues in excess of $650 million.
In print: HF5035 .H66 Reference

* Hoover's Handbook of World Business
Austin, TX: Hoover's Business Press. Annual.
Profiles of major public, private and state owned companies headquartered outside of the U.S.
In print: HG4009 .H66 Reference

International Directory of Company Histories
Chicago: St. James Press.
Provides detailed information on the development of the world's most influential companies.
HD2721 .D36 Reference

Moody's Industrial Manual
New York: Moody's Investors Services.
There are eight manuals covering companies within different types of industries. Most companies will be found in the Industrial Manual, but the Over-The-Counter, Bank and Finance, and Public Utility manuals also cover many companies you might be interviewing . Only public companies are included.
HG4961 .M7 Reference

* Value Line Investment Survey
Organized by industry, analyzes current and future business environments for various industries & gives investment advice. Summary statistical data included. Industry reviews followed by pages describing and evaluating individual companies.
Earlier volumes on microfiche also at Circulation Desk

Industry Research Information about an industry, its competitive environment, trends, and more. See also: Berkeley Business Guide #8: Industry Information for more information on industry research.

Electronic Resources

* Factiva and * Lexis/Nexis for current news and trade articles.

* IBIS World Industry Market Research: Outlook, performance, statistics and more on over 700 US industries.

* Thomson ONE: Analyst reports from investment banks via Thomson ONE
Choose "Screening & Analysis -> Research" on the left sidebar.
Must be accessed using Internet Explorer.

* Mergent Online has industry reports that include market trends and outlook for 19 key industries.

* Onesource (available to Haas students only) provides news, market research, financial norms, market share, top participants and analyst reports for key industries.

Print Resources

Encyclopedia of American Industries
For major U.S. industries: profile, organization and structure (goverment regulation, interaction with other industries), background and development, current conditions, industryleaders, workforce, global marketplace for the US industry, and international participation in U.S. markets, research and technology, and resources for information on the industry.
HC102 .E53 Reference

Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries
Industry snapshot, organization and structure (goverment regulation, interaction with other industries), background and development, current conditions, industryleaders, workforce, global marketplace for the U.S. industry and international participation in U.S. markets, research and technology, and resources for information on the industry.
HC102 .E54 Reference

S&P Industry Surveys
New York: Standard & Poor's Corp.
Covers 52 major industries. Surveys for each industry include current environment, industry profile, how the industry operates, key ratios and statistics, how to analyze a company in the industry, glossary of terms specific to an industry, industry references (key journals, trade organizations, government agencies, research firms, websites), and comparative company analysis of major industry players.
HC101 .S77 Reference

* Value Line Investment Survey
Organized by industry, analyzes current and future business environments for various industries, and gives investment advice. Summary statistical data included. Industry reviews followed by pages describing and evaluating individual companies.
Earlier volumes on microfiche also at Circulation Desk.

News Finding periodical and newspaper articles about companies is an important step in researching any type of company, whether public or private. If the company is relatively small and not public and isn't covered in one of the descriptive directories, news and magazine articles may be the only available source of information.

Business & Industry
Facts, figures and other information about companies and industries from over 1000 trade and industry publications, newspapers, business dailies and newsletters.

* Factiva
Factiva's major focus is on "current awareness" and most of the databases concentrate on very recent information about companies, industries, and financial markets. The Publications Library provides access to nearly 6,000 publications, including exclusive access to the full text of the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times, and is updated daily.

* Lexis-Nexis Academic
Provides the full text of articles in trade journals, newspapers, and magazines. It is excellent for locating information on private firms that mainly are written about in their local papers.

Salaries Although there are no published lists of starting salaries for companies, you can use the salary surveys listed in Berkeley Business Guide #13 to get an idea of what the average pay for an occupation or industry might be. Chetkovich Career Services at Haas has salary and placement statistics for recent graduates. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also has a Compensation Survey by metropolitan area for a range of occupations.
Interview Preparation The Business Library has hundreds of titles to help you prepare for an interview. Below is a small sampling of some recent titles; search OskiCat for a full listing.

101 smart questions to ask on your interview
Ron Frye
Boston, MA : Course Technology, 2009.
(Available through Ebrary. Use proxy server for off-campus access.)

101 toughest interview questions -- and answers that win the job!
Daniel Porot and Frances Bolles Haynes
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, 2009.
HF5549.5.I6 P67 2009

Next-day job interview : prepare tonight and get the job tomorrow
Michael Farr and Dick Gaither
Indianapolis, IN : JIST Works, 2009
HF5549.5.I6 F368 2009

Sell yourself in any interview : use proven sales techniques to land your dream job
Oscar Adler
New York : McGraw-Hill, 2008.
HF5549.5.I6 A35 2008

Tell me about yourself : storytelling to get jobs and propel your career
Katharine Hansen
Indianapolis, IN : JIST Works, 2009.
HF5549.5.I6 H346 2009

What does somebody have to do to get a job around here! : 44 insider secrets and tips that will get you hired
Cynthia Shapiro
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2008.
HF5382.7 .S47 2008