Finding the right 'fit' for yourself is just as important as the interviewer finding the right 'fit' for themselves. Although you may urgently need a new position, it's always best to take a deeper dive into the company to ensure they are going to offer you the workplace environment that you need. Here are the most common types of company cultures, and an example of what to look for: 1. Leadership Driven: This type of company will invest in their leaders, and will offer you coaching and mentorship opportunities. They will also put a focus on developing you as a leader in your role whether that be through empowerment, growth opportunities, or giving you a team of your own to lead, down the road. 2. Mission Driven: A company that is mission-driven will hire employees based on how passionate they are for their cause. This type of organization is often more of a collaborative environment and can be in faith-based kinds of companies, or startups. Be aware that sometimes boundaries can be forgotten in a mission-driven environment as the leadership team will often act as though the mission is more important than anything else. 3. Customer Driven: Many companies have the "customer is always right" attitude. This attitude can be excellent but make sure to ask questions related to how they empower their employees in a time of customer-related conflict. You want to ensure that your company will stand behind you when needed, while also supporting a customer-centric environment. There needs to be a healthy balance. 4. Target Driven: Companies that are sales, or target driven tend to attach everything their employees do, to a destination, number, or goal. You will most likely enjoy this type of workplace culture if you are a competitive personality. If you are not competitive, you should ask more questions regarding how your performance and successes are measured in this role. Also, do a deeper dive into how you would be rewarded for successes and what happens when targets are not met. You may find that the company you are interviewing with has a mix of all of these, which will usually be the case. Digging into employee review sites will be an excellent resource for you so that you can find out what past and current employees think about the workplace culture.
"customer is always right"
It's important to know, before accepting any job offer, what the typical career trajectory looks like for others who have come before you. You want to hear the interviewer tell you success stories such as the person in this role before you were transferred to lead their team! Or, perhaps the person who started in this role four years ago is now managing the entire department, and you will be working side by side with them. If the interviewer cannot openly express to you that this role will amount to further opportunities, you should consider this a red flag. Promotions aren't the only way for there to be additional opportunities, either. Career growth could include further educational opportunities, an upgraded office, relocation to a bigger city, and more.
You have already familiarized yourself with the position, and the basics of the company, but have you performed a deep dive into the company's recent accomplishments or accolades? It's great to know a bit about the organizations' innovations and awards before going into your interview. Show the interviewer that you are aware of what their company has been doing in the past 12-18 months but then ask a follow-up question to gain more 'insider information' so to speak. For instance, you could say: "I see that your company was recently nominated for the 'Top 100 Companies to work for in Denver.' Could you share with me another significant moment in your company's history this past year?" An interviewer is almost always thrilled to talk about their company's happenings and achievements.
"I see that your company was recently nominated for the 'Top 100 Companies to work for in Denver.' Could you share with me another significant moment in your company's history this past year?"
When you understand the pain points of the company, you will always perform better in your interview. The reasoning is because you will more easily draw a correlation between your skills, and what the company needs. If you don't understand the most significant issues that the company is facing, how can you possibly be the best asset for them? The interviewer may give you an answer such as growing pains, a recent merger, or customer acquisition. Take their response and dig, asking more thoughtful questions such as, 'Which lead generation methods have you used in the past 12 months to attract more customers?' This timing may not be right to offer up suggestions, but this is an excellent time for you to add a comment regarding your value. For instance, 'I worked for a lead generation and prospecting company for three years and would be happy to teach your team all the tricks-of-the-trade that I acquired during that time.' By doing this, you are adding immense value to yourself which is something most candidates would not branch out to do - making you successfully stand apart.
You should already know a bit about the company's top competitors, from the research you conducted before your interview. Let the interviewer know that you believe company A, B, and C to be the most obvious competitors, and then express that you would like to learn more. The information that you are looking for will focus on how the company feels internally, with the way they compete in their marketplace. Perhaps it is their exceptional level of customer service or a much superior product offering. Whatever the answer may be, look for pride and excitement on the interviewers' behalf. Also, the more you learn from asking this question, the more information you will have in your toolbox for future interviews.
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