Interview Your Job

by Juliana Trichilo Cina, jtcina.com

When you’re searching for a new career position remember that you have to “interview job opportunities” just as much as you are yourself interviewed for the job. Of course, the traditional job search and interview process do not offer you the chance to “interview the job” for which you are applying. However, there are clues which provide answers.

For example, you may be looking for a “no blame” environment where everyone is treated as a member of a team and managers are NOT looking for a scapegoat upon which to pile the failures of the team. In this case you can ask to speak with a staff member for a view into daily operations in the life of an employee.

If the person interviewing you is uncomfortable and hesitant you are likely facing a company that does not offer honesty and transparency. If you are allowed to speak with an employee, ask honest and direct questions.

Look for any hint of doubt or lack of confidence in the employee’s answers. Few people will be fully honest with a stranger but you can usually tell what the employee really wants to say by gauging the enthusiasm in the response you receive. If this is a good place to work the employee will want to share that positive message with you. If you get anything less than a confident and positive response it may be a bad sign.

The job advertisement and/or description is another important source of information. Get creative and be specific about what you’re looking for in a new role.

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