How to interview potential employers.

Ryan Urdang, Head of Research

Most people do not realise this, but when going for an interview, the candidate should be interviewing the company just as much as the company is interviewing them. One of the biggest mistakes made is taking a new job just because you like the salary or title, because you will soon find out that there is not enough money in the world to make you happy when you are hating your job.
Here are some tips that I suggest when deciding on a new venture:

1) Do research on the company. Read the “about us” page on a company’s website, news articles on the internet and comments about an employer on Glassdoor to ensure you get a good idea about the type of culture and environment that your potential company instils. It is important to have the same views and beliefs as the organisation that you are working for.

2) Research the people that will be interviewing you as well as the person that you will be reporting to. It is always an advantage to go into an interview knowing about the people sitting across the desk from you. You could have interests in common that might help break the ice.
By doing research on your potential new manager, you can see what type of person you could be calling “boss” and know what they are interested in, as well as a bit about their background.

3) When you are in the interview and the interviewer asks you if you have any questions, this is where you swap roles and you become the interviewer. Ask questions on details that would affect your decision as to whether you should accept or decline a potential offer. There is nothing wrong with asking what the company’s employee turnover was for the previous financial year? How much room for growth there is within the department and why the previous individual left the role you are interviewing for?

It is vital to know what you are getting yourself in for should you get the job. No one wants to wake up dreading going to work. Just as the company interviewing you is going to ask you questions to see if you are the right person for their role, so should you be asking them questions to make sure that they are the right company for you.