Don't cram before an interview!
Instead of reading up on an industry the night before the interview, start as soon as you realize which industries interest you.
Finding Industry Codes
What is an industry code?
SIC and NAICS are classification systems for industries. They allow you to group together companies in a specific industry in a standardized way. Once you identify your industry code, use it to search databases such as Capital IQ and identify other companies operating in the industry.
Where can I find industry codes?
SIC and NAICS codes and code definitions are available from the Census website.
Finding an Industry Report
Are you interested in a specific industry? Or have you selected a company that you want to work for?
Gaining a greater understanding of the industry will help you to land your dream job.
There are several library resources for industry reports. Capital IQ contains detailed industry reports from Standard & Poor's and is fantastic for larger industries. For smaller industries or for international reports, try Mergent Intellect, IBISWorld or Passport. See the examples below:
To get a industry report in Capital IQ:
- Access Capital IQ via your account or the dedicated computers in the library.
- Click the Research tab from the top menubar.
- Filter by Report Type from the drop down menu to view just the industry reports
Frost & Sullivan or Forrester are excellent resources for science and technology industries.