It's crucial for your career growth that you join a company who will put energy and resources into your professional development. Nobody wants to remain stagnant in one role for a lifetime! The interviewer should be able to give you specific examples of initiatives the company takes when it comes to employee investment. Some common ways that companies will develop their team: - Cross- training across departments. - Creation of 1 year and 5-year plans for you to visit with leadership regularly - Tuition reimbursement programs - Experiences such as trade shows, conferences, or client meetings - Regular feedback meetings and performance reviews - Gifts of leadership and business books - Learning portals for self-guided online coursework -Team-building activities and training events - Supporting individual volunteer efforts or providing volunteer opportunities As you can see - it is effortless for a company to find ways to invest in their employee's growth and happiness. If the company you are interviewing with does not offer any of these types of experiences, you may wish to reconsider jumping on board.
Your objective is to gain specific names of the software programs and applications most used in this role. Some companies may include this information in the job posting. If this information is provided to you already, you could say: "I see in the job posting that you are looking for a candidate skilled in PowerPoint and various SAP modules. Could you share with me any other programs or applications that you use for managing workflow and client communication?" If you have experience in programs such as Slack, Basecamp, Trello, etc.; be sure to mention those. A best case scenario is for the interviewer to give you the names of all programs and apps used in the role so that you can begin to learn them on your own time, shortening your training and onboarding time once hired. This type of initiative is rare and will make you a more competitive candidate.
"I see in the job posting that you are looking for a candidate skilled in PowerPoint and various SAP modules. Could you share with me any other programs or applications that you use for managing workflow and client communication?"
Will your future employer set your goals and targets from past data and results, or pull out unachievable numbers from thin air, expecting you to reach them? This question is especially important to ask if you are interviewing for a sales-based role, or if you will be working in a leadership function. If the interviewer is unable to give specific examples of how your success is measured, you should ask to see past blind reports from others in the role before accepting a position. How your performance is measured and communicated, is enough to make or break you in your new job which is why you should be adamant when it comes to pursuing this information!
Before joining a company, you want to know that you will receive appropriate guidance and feedback from them during your tenure. Receiving regular reviews will only benefit you as you grow in your career because you will be able to see where you can improve and immediately pivot, readjusting your actions and leading you straight to success! Look for an employer that offers performance reviews at least twice per year. In roles where optimum performance is directly attached to your compensation, quarterly reports are more common. You will also want to ask about the quality of the reviews. Are they informal check-ins, or formal meetings with your leadership team? The nature of these meetings should be important to you because the more seriously your leaders take your growth, the faster you will advance in your career.
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