When you’re looking for a new job, you want to know what it’s like to work at a company before you accept an offer. You’ll find out some details about a potential employer during the interview process. But what can you do to dig deeper, uncover any red flags, and find the company that’s truly a great fit for you? Here’s a look:
Ask good questions.
As one of the leading employment agencies in Central Virginia, Adams & Garth knows you should not rely on the interviewer to tell you everything you need to know to make the right decision. Ask questions that will help you assess whether or not the company is the kind you want to work for. Some examples include:
- Why did the last person in this position leave?
- What kind of personality fits best within the company?
- What do you enjoy most about working here? Least?
- How has the company changed since you started?
- What’s one thing you wish you knew before you began working here?
Gain a different perspective.
As you talk with the interviewer, ask him or her if it would be possible to talk with prospective team members. It makes sense to meet with at least one co-worker without the interviewer in the room. If your request is denied, take note. Unhappy employees don’t make good brand advocates.
Look to websites like Glassdoor.com to find reviews and insider information about the company and its working environment. Although, keep in mind: reviews that are overly positive or negative may be phony; those that fall somewhere in the middle will likely offer the most accurate picture.
Reach out to your network.
Use sites like LinkedIn to find out if you know any current or past employees. If you don’t, reach out to your network and ask whether anyone has worked, or knows anyone who has worked, at the company. They’ll be able to give you the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work there.
Pay attention to how you’re treated.
Before you accept an offer, think about how you were treated during the interview process. Was the interviewer on time? Or did he or she show up late? Did they give you their full attention in the interview? Or keep checking their cell phone? Do the employees you’ve seen seem happy and engaged, or miserable and stressed? Was the interview process well organized, or disorderly? Did the interviewer keep you in the loop throughout the process? Or did they leave you hanging?
Don’t ignore warning signs just because you want a job. If you say “yes” to an opportunity when your guts says “no,” you’ll likely end up unhappy and frustrated. Instead, wait until the right employer comes along.
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