Here are some questions you should ask during the interview process in addition to the usual salary, compensation package, insurance, time off, and other benefits information normally discussed when looking for a new job or career path.
By asking the questions below (or a variation thereof), you will be better informed about the culture and practices of the organization you may be committing to for the next 3-5 years or longer.
- What are some examples of employees suggestions ideas/changes that were actually implemented as a result of an innovative thinker on your staff?
- Is work culture compatible with your personality/style… work methods… are there options? Productivity is important to both employer and employee, but so is having fun and feeling appreciated, a sense of belonging. Would it be okay for you to talk to some of their employees?
- Is there an opportunity for a move within the corporation if initial assignment isn’t the greatest fit. What are the job rotation/transition opportunities within the organization–do you have examples?
- What type of incentives and rewards are given for outstanding performance? Do employees have input into incentive and recognition programs?
- What is the method of collaboration within the organization (face-to-face, media facilitated, portal technologies, instant messaging) outside of the organization (social media, telephone, visits)?
- How many meetings per week is my participation expected; how long do they last?
- How are tasks/project assignments communicated? (Email, Supervisor to subordinate, group venues–staff meetings, scrum/sprint sessions) Are employees invited into decision-making related to how best to accomplish a task?
- How is work prioritized? (adhoc by the hair on fire emergency of the day or by a numbers/fact-based analysis)
- What does the company’s on-boarding process consist of? (Training [instructor-led, CBT, or virtual webinars], Orientation, Mission-Vision-Values, Introductions)
- What types of team-building activities does the company sponsor? Do employees get involved in the planning of these activities?
For some people, a job search without adequate preparation can be quite intimidating. In addition to the standard resume and job history (no matter how short or lengthy) you have needs, boundaries and know how you work best. Don’t override your comfort zones in exchange for monetary reward just so you can say you have a “J.O.B.”
The answers to these questions are often issues/situations that add or detract from our quality of life while “on the clock!” Seriously consider asking these questions when you go for your next interview–interview them back when they ask–“Do you have any questions for me (us)?”
Life is too short…no matter what, value who you are in the negotiating process. Take the time, ask the questions, do your research and make sure the company you commit yourself and talents to will appreciate and value your contributions. You matter!
Note: Republished from my LinkedIn account