Deciding where to launch your career is one of the most important professional decisions you'll make. The average person spends more than 40 hours a week on the job, so the position and company you select will have a huge impact on your future.
Keep in mind that you're interviewing us as much as we're interviewing you. To prepare, bring your own questions to each interview so that you can make an informed decision on whether the company and position are a good fit for you.
Here are five questions to consider asking in your interview:
- What are the company's short- and long-term business plans?
Research the company before the interview so you have an idea of their current and future circumstances and then ask questions about the business and plans going forward.
- What is the company's strategy for training and development?
Smart companies should be able to offer you a number of ways to learn and develop—not just for your current role but for the role you'd like to grow into.
- What are the opportunities for career growth?
Growth isn't always a traditional move to a new position: it could mean a developmental assignment, a mentoring relationship, joining company employee resource groups, or volunteering in the community.
- What is the company's strategy for work-life integration?
Programs can include flexible work arrangements, a 9/80 program, floating holidays, health and wellness offerings, and other areas that focus on the well-being of their employees.
- What are the people who already work there saying?
Ask your interviewer how they decided on the company and why. Ask if you can talk to a recent hire about their transition into the company.Also, research the company on social media. What you discover should be taken with a grain of salt, but it can help put into context what you learned in your interview.