Going for a job interview soon? Use library databases to get ahead of the game

If you are going for job interviews, show prospective employers that you’ve done your homework by using a range of Library databases.  Find out about a company’s finances, main competitors, the latest news on their activities, company history, and the industry in general.  A bit of advance preparation and research before the interview will boost your confidence and increase your chances of landing a good job.

The University Library has an excellent range of business and management databases all available for you to use both on and off campus using your GUID.

Business Source Premier is a great database for finding academic and trade journal articles on companies.  Within the database there is also Company Profiles – just click on the link on the blue bar along the top of the search screen and you’ll find profiles of major international companies.  As an example, if you have an interview with Tesco, the report from the Company Profiles section will give you information on company history, revenue analysis, SWOT analysis, top competitors and much more.  It’s perfect if you are short of time and need a report with lots of relevant information.

Try MarketLine Advantage for a mix of company, industry, financial and country data, for every major marketplace in the world.

If you want to look at company accounts, try FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy)  or KeyNote for UK and Amadeus for Europe.

KeyNote has market research and business ratio reports for specific UK markets e.g. clothing, retailing, drinks, pharmaceuticals etc.  There is information on 7 million UK companies, as well as directors, shareholders and secretaries.  UK plc business intelligence reports assess the health of UK markets.

Passport is a market research database which is useful for UK and international company information as well as industry briefings and reports.

Has the company been in the news recently?  Have a look at Newsbank for newspaper articles from all over the world.

Don’t forget the company website! Industry guides from the British Library might be useful also.

There’s lots more information on the  Company Information web page.


The Careers Service based in the Fraser Building offers a range of appointments to suit your individual needs.  Book an appointment if you would like to know more.

If you would like any help or advice on accessing any of the above resources please speak to staff at Library Services on Level 2 of the Main Library who will be happy to help. Or e-mail us on library@lib.gla.ac.uk


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