Finding out about a company can be much like detective work. There is a lot of who, what, where, when, why and how. Much like getting to know a new friend or potential date—things may look different on the outside before you get to know them.
When you get to know about a company, apply, and then earn a job interview, these questions must still be continued to be asked—even before you decide to accept an interview.
In an effort to find the best match, consider asking your potential employer these questions to gain a better grasp on what you can expect.
WHO will I be meeting with? It’s good to know the name and title of the person you are interviewing with before you go in there. You can research their position within the company, as well as the department, and what exactly they do. Plus you’ll probably have different questions for a manager you’d be working with directly versus someone in a senior position.
Plus, knowing someone’s name shows that the company is well organized and serious about filling the position. Otherwise, you may end up in a group interview with 10 other people, and notice that all the company is worried about is filling the position, not your interview experience.
WHERE is the interview? It’s not cool to be wandering around lost outside or inside of a building. You don’t want to be locked out as well. Make sure you get apt directions as well as a phone number in case you have trouble getting into the building.
Also, it pays to know that the company has an actual, physical, real office. Just to make sure they are legitimate. You never know.
WHY do you believe my qualifications are a good fit for the opportunity? If a company really cares about you, they will know exactly why they want you and why you are a potentially good fit for the role. If they can’t answer this question, they are just looking to fill the position as fast as possible, probably without any good career path plan.
WHAT goals do you have for this position? Know what you are getting into. A company that knows what they want to accomplish is a great company to work for, and you can decide if you are interested or capable in what they are proposing.
And don’t forget when you are in the interview ALWAYS have something to ask THEM. You don’t have to barrage them with questions, but having one or two pointed questions about the company, department or position are always good to bring to the table.
Clark Personnel Service can help you navigate through the interview process. Contact us today!