How To Research A Social Sector Organisation Before Your Interview

By Surabhi Nijhawan 

The social sector in India is as diverse as any other sector. However, the lack of awareness and myths surrounding the space make it a less popular one. Although, in recent years, the social sector market has grown exponentially in India, and globally. However, mostly unaware, both freshers and experienced job seekers find it challenging to understand the development space in India, and the organisations working in the sector. Many candidates apply for the position at a social sector organisation – without understanding their work, and the domain as a whole.

Here are some tips from our team that can help in your research and job search in the social sector.

Get to know about the founder/ senior management, and their vision.

While doing your research on the organisation, it is essential to read about the founders and their mission. Most social sector organisations are based on the experiences and ideologies of a driven, passionate founder. Knowledge about their inspiration, the vision of social impact and previous projects will give you an insight into the work culture and values of the organisation. It is helpful to read about the Board and Advisors as well.

Read the ‘About us’ section.

It is essential to know about the company size, location and history. Read carefully to understand their mission and values. All recruiters will expect you to have basic knowledge about their work. Including the various programs that the organisation may run!

Learn about the field and the competitors

Apart from knowing about the social impact firm you’re interviewing with, it’s a good idea to be able to talk about the sector as a whole. It is impressive to be able to talk about competitors and how the company can contribute in a way that it stands out. Visit the Linkedin company page and scroll down to view the ‘Other companies People Viewed’ section which will show the pages of the competitors.

Follow their social media handles and blog

Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter pages of a company provide information about the employees, their campaigns, branding strategy and give you information about what the company has been up to lately.

Get in touch with employees/alumni of the organisation

Online data such as websites and social media are valuable sources of information, but they cannot replace a feedback/ information about the organisation from people who work in or worked in the organisation. It is a good idea to talk to a variety of people from the organisation to get more unbiased opinions and compare answers!

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