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Maximize your interview IQ

Successful interviewing is crucial in landing any job offer. Taking advantage of Columbia Libraries’ key resources is essential in preparing for an effective interview. The following is a list of important business databases that will help you research industries and companies.


Online database providing current and historical financial quotes, business newswires, and descriptive information, research and statistics on over 52,000 companies worldwide, and all traded instruments.


Capital IQ provides access to corporate information with coverage of both public and private companies, global M&A and PE/VC transactions, and background information on professionals with relationship tools. For more information on networking via Capital IQ, please check out this blog post.


Provides analytic tools and financial and economics data on public and private companies and their debt issues, private equity and venture capital firms and funds, macroeconomic series, global M&A deals, ownership details, and people data.


Thomson ONE provides access to financial data on public companies, as well as merger and acquisition information and market data. Users can search and screen across databases to identify companies that meet your specific investment criteria as well as conduct peer analysis. Includes Investext, Private Equity database (Venturexpert) and Thomson Deals (SDC Platinum). For step by step instructions on finding analyst reports in Thomson ONE consult our quick tutorial.


Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage is a great resource to learn about the major industries in the United States and globally. NetAdvange provides analytic tools and financial and economics data on public and private companies and their debt issues, private equity and venture capital firms and funds, macroeconomic series, global M&A deals, ownership details, and people data. Netadvantage provides industry surveys on 55 major industries ranging from Advertising to Transportation. The industry surveys are updated twice annually, and historical industry reports are available to as early as 1999. A typical industry survey covers the current environment and a detailed industry profile such as major industry trends, how the industry operates, key industry ratios and statistics, as well as how to analyze a company. Additionally there is an industry glossary, industry references such as key industry publications, associations and government agencies, and research organizations and firms, and comparative company analysis are included.


IBISWorld provides industry research reports for all of the 723 industries in the United States as categorized by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). IBISWorld research reports contain trends, statistics and analysis on market size, market share of competitors, and industry growth rates. Each report includes leading companies, products and markets, industry outlook, competitive landscape, industry life cycle, operating conditions, and key statistics.


Global Market Information Database (GMID) contains over a million demographic, economic and marketing statistics for 205 countries worldwide. The database also contains 6-year historic market size data for more than 330 consumer products in 52 countries, plus 5-year forecasts. Coverage: 1977 to present;  forecasts to 2016.

Mintel Oxygen offers yearly market research covering UK, Europe, US and International consumer markets in the CPG/FMCG, financial services, media, retail, leisure and industrial space. Market data including size, segmentation and forecasts.


 Full-text database providing timely and detailed facts, figures and analyses of companies, industries and financial markets. Includes industry and trade publications, news sources, and company and market data. Coverage varies by source.

Library Hours Friday Aug. 30th 2013

The Watson Library of Business & Economics will be closed  from 8am – 11:30 am on   Friday, August 30th 2013 for Business School Exams. During this period if you need any help please call at (212)854-7804 or send an email to and library staff will be happy to help you.

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Networking via Capital IQ

The S&P Capital IQ platform provides relationship management tools such as Relationship Paths and Relationship Tree to manage, track and leverage key relationships.

Various “Six degree of Separation” Relationship Paths and Relationship Trees are available in Capital IQ to identify potential networking opportunities as the relationship management tools help create a map of relationships between people and companies, and manage contacts with detailed information on industry professionals.

For instance, users can quickly identify the relationships between Columbia Business School and The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS).

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Furthermore, Capital IQ is very effective in finding alumni who work in a given industry or job function globally.  For instance, we can use it for screening companies such as:  Private Equity and Venture Capital firms in Hong Kong where Columbia business school alumni work.

To do this search:

1. Mouse over the “screening” tab, and then click on the “companies” link

2. click on “investment style managed” under “investment/advisory firms”, and select “Venture Capital” and “Private Equity/Buyouts” under “available items to “selected items”. Then click on “add criteria” button.

3. Click on “Geographic Locations” under “Company Details”. Search for Hong Kong.  Click on the check box left to “Hong Kong” and then click on “Add Criteria” button.

4.  Click on “Colleges/Universities” under “Education”. Put “Columbia” in the search box and click “Go”. Select “Columbia Business School” under search results and add it to the search criteria.

5. Click on “View Results” button to get the list of companies.