You may start out in the hot seat during an interview, but, before signing your next career move away, you need some answers too. Don’t assume every company is a perfect match. Instead, find out for yourself.
There are many resources out there, such as Glassdoor, that will give you some insight into what your potential employer is like, but none will give you the answers from the source. Here are some questions that will help you decide which job to choose:
What are the day-to-day tasks for this position?
This is extremely important to know before accepting a job offer. You may think you’re going in to do email marketing, but they see you took a graphic design class in college so they may want you to design all the email campaigns.
Titles also mean different things to different people. Just because the word ‘digital’ is in the title doesn’t mean you’re going to be working with online material.
Where do you see the future of this company?
If you’re applying to a start-up, listen closely. If the founder is only trying to build up the reputation just to be bought out – good for them, filled with the unknown for you. They might also want to evolve the company into whatever is popular.
How would you describe the morale between co-workers?
No matter what position you’re applying for, you’re most likely going to be working with others. We all know how those lovely group projects went down in school and probably don’t want to relive them throughout our careers. You may want to learn how well employees get along with each other out of the office as well.
What do you like best about working here?
This answer can show you what values the company has (feel free to ask that question too). If they answer with working alongside like minded people, that means they’re not just looking at your qualifications, but also how your personality will fit with the company.
How are you better than your competitors?
If they work for a company they’re proud of this should be an easy answer for them. It might be a product-centered answer, which is totally acceptable, or an internal answer saying how great the team is. Either way, you’ll learn what they put value on compared to their competitors — which I’m guessing you probably why applied.
Is there room for growth in this position?
No one wants to walk into a dead end job. Knowing that in two or three years you’ll be given more responsibilities, a bigger paycheck and possibly a new title is something you should know going into a company.
Some employers may start out with this as a selling point, you could follow up by asking what the timeline for this type of career is like.
You should expect to hear at least a year. If you hear less than that, you may want to ask what they expect you to be able to do by that time.
When will you need an answer by?
If you get an offer, don’t jump at it! It’s going to be exciting when you get an offer to join a company, but take your time to gather your thoughts and really consider if the position is right for you.
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