Create a list to determine the things important to you…for example;
– What kind of work environment suits you best?
– What management style enables you to do your best work?
– What are your true “values” in your job or environment?
– Do you work better as an individual contributor or as part of a team?
– Are you ready for new responsibilities or still need time to develop?
– How far are you willing to commute to work each day?
Such questions will develop what is ideally suited to your personality, working style and preferences. With your criteria, you can be much more purposeful during the interview process.
Interviewers respect and expect questions. A good interviewer will acknowledge your ambition to determine their fit for you as much as they are determining your fit for them. After all both parties want a good match.
During the interview, and at appropriate times ask questions like…
– Describe the team I would be working with?
– How would you measure if someone has been successful in this role 6 months into it?
– Where do you see someone successful in this role going next?
– What personality characteristics tend to be most rewarded in this organisation?
– What’s the difference between successful people here and ones that only get by?
– Would you say this is a very structured environment or not… can you give me examples?
– What, if any, leadership traits are you looking for in this role?
– How would you describe the company’s values?
– What do you enjoy most about working here?
– What surprised you most after you started working here?
– Tell me about your own path in the company.
…and many others.
Depending on your personal criteria, your questions will vary based on what’s important to you.
Asking these questions throughout the interview has numerous advantages…
– They provide the answers you need to make an informed decision.
– It differentiates you from other candidates that won’t ask thoughtful questions.
– It shows you are thoughtful and gather good information in your decision making.
– It shows you’re not just desperately seeking any new job.
– It shows a sincere interest in knowing about the company, the role, and the people.
These are all good reasons to make sure you’re interviewing the interviewer as much as they are interviewing you!