Tips for job seekers with a focus on interviewing the employer. If you don’t fit the employer’s culture, you’re probably not going to make it.
Most of us get so nervous when we are preparing for an interview. We want to ensure that we can fit that unbelievable job description that only applies to the person leaving the position. We do our research, prep our little hearts out, and hope that we are that “fit.” It almost sounds like expecting to be asked to the prom.
But here’s a twist, with life’s experiences, we humans tend to be a bit more aware of what we want and what we won’t do. You may call it stuck in your ways, but you slice it, when most of us displaced workers apply for employment, we do not possess the frightening mentality of an 18-year senior recruit.
Your new employer may or may not afford you a honeymoon ramp-up period before they start expecting you to hit your numbers and deal with some of their chronic issues. Let’s be realistic some businesses in good times and bad are just corporate sweatshops. You need to know this walking in.
Questions to ask your future company
- How would you describe your culture?
- How do they recognize and reward people?
- What are the training expectations?
- It would be great if you attained the workplace and how people interact.
- Do they value results, or do they love seeing you at your desk early and late?
- Do they value life quality or want to save you because they know it’s a tough economy and believe that you are desperate and can be mistreated?
- How flexible are they? If you know you need to leave every Wednesday for a 5 pm appointment, see if there is flexibility for you to do that.
- What are the prospects for developing a career path?
- Even if it is a temp job, what are the chances it could become permanent?
You want to know these answers going into the job. Be realistic, even if the job is only for six months, so that you can plan accordingly. So I say to you, be humble, be prepared, and give an eye to this new relationship because when you get the job, it will become a significant part of your life and the time you spend.
You want to be doing good work that pays well with people that you can get along with. You are eager to make money again but don’t be so enthusiastic that you ignore any red flags. If you hear that your new boss is challenging to work with, you need to weigh that opportunity and ask questions upfront. It may make all the difference. You may choose to ignore the red flags and proceed, so good luck and let me know how that’s working for you.