Interviewing can be as nerve-wracking as dating. And just like dating you are trying to figure out if you are compatible.
A good match is based on authenticity. It’s based on what you are really like. Not your idealized version of yourself. Not clever marketing on a corporate web page. It’s critical that both parties are honest about who they are and what they are looking for during the hiring process.
So how do you know if you have a good match?
First things first, be clear about who you are.
- Your strengths and weaknesses
- Your personality style and work preferences
- Your core values
- Your goals and what you hope to gain in your next role
What you are looking for in them:
- Alignment with their core values and company culture
Spend time observing the office atmosphere and review the mission statement. Ask: “How would you describe the work environment?” and “What was the last company success that was celebrated?”
- A clear job description and standards of performance
An employer who cannot accurately describe the duties and how success will be measured will likely have muddled expectations, does not know how to properly delegate, or may be disorganized. Ask: “How do you measure the achievements of those on your team?” and “How would an employee in this position make a contribution to the mission statement?”
- A well-articulated career track
While you need to be committed to the role you are applying for, you still want long-term growth and possibility. Find out what opportunities exist for continued training and if they invest in their people. Ask: “How long have you been employed with the company?” and “What roles have others in this position moved on to?”
- Strong leadership and communication
You’ve heard the saying that people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers. A bad boss and poor leadership will quickly take its toll. Ask: “How does management encourage employees to speak up when they disagree with a company decision?” and “How would your team describe your management style?”
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