a two way process
are interviewing you but do not forget you are also interviewing them.
Yes, you might want a job but do you really want this job? Is there
a better opportunity somewhere else?
Do you really want to get this job and then spend time looking for
something else, when if you had done your homework, properly in advance,
you wouldn’t even have bothered to apply in the first place?
In addition, it is easy to have a good HR department who make everything
sound wonderful, whilst all around is crumbling. So your interview
questions to your potential employer are vital.
Don’t wing it, prepare them well in advance (if you can, memorise
them) list and then prioritise them. Work out your plan of attack,
how do you want to come across hard-hitting, thoughtful... …Just
like your C.V. if you haven’t written and rewritten them at
least 20 times they probably are not as good as they could and should
Just remember not to be intimidated. Yes they might be older than
you. Yes they might be more senior than you, so what?
There are a multitude of questions that you can source from the net,
some of them very good. So, go seek.
The people clues to a company!
are the key to any organisation. Your line-manager will be one of
the biggest ingredients to your happiness or otherwise.
A good one and your on the way up, a waste of space and you will stay
in the same position or worse, until you decide to leave. You need
to find out if that person is organised or disorganised.
Organised = good and it means that that person is on-top-of-things,
which means your working life will be proactive. It means that you
will not spend your working life having to things at the 11th hour
and waste valuable time fighting a rear guard action.
So make sure that you have a few “tactfully” worded questions
to ascertain how organised that person is.
Do you team build?
An easy way to
spot a company which has very little people management skills (don’t
be fooled by that 9001 ISO fluff, in every organisation that I’ve
worked in it hasn’t made any difference, whatsoever) and, therefore,
is a cr*p company to work for, is to ask about their team building