Think of the interview as your opportunity to learn as much about the employer as you can. You can learn a lot of things simply by observing the environment. Are the employees dressed casually or in suits? Do they seem relaxed or stressed? Does the furniture look comfortable and inviting and more stiff and formal? Is it noisy? Is it clean? Did people appear prepared to see you? Before you go to an interview, you need to decide what type of environment you'd like to work in and try to observe those things that will help determine if the organization could be a fit for you.
Asking questions is another way to learn more about the environment and the position. To follow are some additional questions to consider. Remember, you want to ask those questions that will help you make a decision about whether or not this is the right opportunity for you.
- What would a typical day be like for someone in this position?
- What are some of the greatest challenges faced by organization/this department?
- What is it that you enjoy most about working here?
- Is there a dress code?
- What happened to the person that held this position previously?
- Can you tell me about your performance evaluation process?
- What do you think are the most important skills/qualities for someone in this position to possess?
- Does the organization have a tuition reimbursement program?
- Would I be required to travel? If so, how much?
- How would you describe the culture?
- If I was hired, what could I expect during my first month on the job?
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