Finding and landing a new job sure is hard work.
Apart from scanning for vacancies and potential opportunities, getting your resume in tip-top shape and actually applying, perhaps the hardest step of all is the (often) dreaded job interview.
If you’re lucky enough to make it to that stage, congratulations! And don’t fear – there are a range of tips and techniques you can use to help you master that interview.
A skill that is sometimes overlooked in the nervousness of fronting up to a job interview is being able to ask interesting and strategic questions of your interviewer. Yes, job interviews shouldn’t be a one-way street where you’re grilled by your prospective employer.
Asking questions at a job interview demonstrates to the interviewer that you are confident, interested and engaged in the process and the job on offer.
Another key reason you should ask questions at your interview relates to the company’s culture.
More than ever these days, the culture of a workplace is fundamental to your enjoyment and performance in a new job.
You have to fit the role, just as the company needs to be the right ‘fit’ for you.
While Silicon Valley startups are famous for their company culture, many other organisations are catching on to the importance of providing a healthy, engaging culture for their staff.
Sure, you can get a sense of a company’s culture by researching its website and social media channels, but a job interview is a great opportunity to ask those culture questions directly to the people who instill it.
Why is it important to discover the culture of a company you hope to work for? Matt Tutty from Resumes To You explains: Company culture is more important than ever. It’s not that company culture was ever unimportant, but it’s quickly proving to be a “must-have” rather than a “nice-to-have.” Here are five key questions you could ask in your next interview:
1) How does your company build teamwork and career development for staff?
2) What is the company’s approach to achieving work-life balance?
3) What type of people or personality succeeds in this company?
4) How do you recognise or acknowledge staff for their efforts and good results?
5) Is the company’s approach to strategy reliant on processes or results?
The answers to these questions will provide great insight into the company you’re hoping to work for.
Given the importance of a new staff member’s “fit” in a company, it is beneficial for both your potential employer and your own career to ensure you ask the right questions to determine whether you are both right for each other.
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