In todays’ job market it is no longer a one-sided interview, job seekers are also interviewing across the desk to ensure that what they are seeing is a good fit for them too!
Just last week I was teaching a senior level business course full of both HR and business majors and as it always seems to happen when I stand in front of a group of soon to be graduates, the topic of resumes and the job search crept into conversation.
So my advice to them? Aside from my usual commentary on professionalism, being prepared with knowledge of the company and the position itself and a few practice behavioral interview questions is that they need to be proactive and assess the environment and the company to determine if it is a place where they want to work.
A tight job market aside, stepping into the wrong job or a work environment that does not fit who you are will only create job disappointment and possibly job hopping and missed opportunities.
When you are called for an interview start assessing from that very call or email by asking yourself a few questions:
In the end you truly do not know if the job offer will produce a ‘great fit’ for you and only time on the job will answer this question however do put some trust into any unusual vibe, gut feeling or uneasiness from this first encounter and before saying ‘yes’ ask a few more questions!