A job interview is a milestone. It means you’re a leading contender to land a position, or you wouldn’t have made it this far. It’s the employer’s interview, but it’s your interview, too. Just as a company is evaluating you to join their team, you’re sizing them up to see if the potential match will be a good one – for both of you.
Come to your interview prepared with your own list of questions. This shows you’ve done your homework and have initiative, confidence and strong planning and organizational capabilities. If you don’t hear your interviewer selling the position and the company, don’t hesitate to push that envelope. This is a two-way conversation, so use it to your advantage. After all, it’s not every day you make a job change that could possibly define the direction of your future.
What Are You Looking For?
Your potential employer should be working to convince you why the position on the table is the right one for you. Listen as they state their case and form an opinion of their employer value proposition (EVP). This is the combination of benefits, rewards and cultural satisfaction that you can expect as an employee of their organization. It also helps define their culture, work environment and overall brand. Make sure it aligns with your personal vision, goals and aspirations.
- Ask probing questions. If the interview team’s “sales pitch” doesn’t leave you with a clear picture of their EVP, dig deeper. Be courteous and professional, but don’t hesitate to ask for clarification as needed.
- Look for genuine passion. Ask your interviewers what they like about working for their company. Gauge whether they show true enthusiasm and passion about their work versus simply providing a canned response.
- Have you seen a job description? Visualize yourself in the position. Is there room for autonomy, recognition, growth and learning, and the desire to get up and go to work every day? Is it a fit?
- Ask when you’ll hear from the company in follow up to your interview. Timeliness is important. You deserve this courtesy and respect.
Take charge of your career path plans and move forward with confidence as you find the job match that’s right for you. Partnering with a professional recruiting firm may be an excellent option for you at this juncture. To learn more, read our related posts or contact the specialized search consultants at BrainWorks today.