I've been investigating the company but there is little information about it.

To investigate:

  • to inquire into (a situation or problem) thoroughly; examine systematically, esp. in order to discover the truth (Collins Dictionary)

Investigating is often associated with officials searching into an event, a situation or a claim so as to learn some facts about it.

However, the sentence above is about someone looking for information about a company, trying to find out more about it (before an interview). Investigate doesn't seem to be the right word in this context. Which alternatives would be better?

  • Investigating sounds find to me. But if you want an alternative, researching might work better for you. Mar 16, 2019 at 7:20

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Anyone can investigate anything; it doesn't have to be a formal investigation. It implies a more serious, focussed inquiry than researching something; investigation is for some focussed purpose, to make a decision or work out what happened, or determine what the situation really is, while research is just finding out about something.

In the case of preparing for an interview, it's reasonable to use either. There's a clear focus that makes investigate reasonable, though it would be more likely if they suspected something non-obvious was going to be relevant to the interview. Research works in any case.

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