It's essential, before accepting any job offer, for you to have an idea of what an average day will look like for you, in this position. You will, of course, be aware of the general responsibilities involved in this role, but this particular question is asking the interviewer to dig a bit deeper. Here are some of the things you will want to find out: - Who will be working closest to you - Who you will be reporting to - What types of clients you will be meeting - What your deadlines will be - Which software systems are used in this job - What your office will look like Be sure, before accepting any offer, that you can honestly picture yourself in this role. If you are not 100% convinced, it is okay, in most cases, to ask for a half day job-shadow to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day activities.
Numbers such as employee turnover, and average tenure, are stats that every employer should have committed to memory. Employee turnover is costly and can significantly damage an organization financially and in ways related to their reputation. If you ask the interviewer about employee tenure, and they do not know- this is a red flag. Any company with low turnover will be proud to tell you so. Beware if you don't hear the interviewer proudly say, 'We haven't lost an employee in (X) months!' Another way to find out about employee tenure is to go to LinkedIn and search for employees of the company and select 'Past Employees' in your search criteria. If you see many people who have remained with the company for a short time (under one year is a good benchmark), then you may want to re-think jumping on board.
When you are interviewing with multiple companies, it can be tricky to get the timing right with interviews, offers, and acceptance. Juggling three interviewers who are all moving at a different pace can be chaotic. Asking the interviewer about their ideal timeline when it comes to putting out an offer of employment will tell you a few things. 1. You will see the company's urgency. A company who wants to find a fit for the role quickly will be on the ball and will have times already set aside for the next interview phase. This preparedness is a great sign and a company that will likely be a good choice for anyone to join. However; you want to make sure they aren't skipping steps in the process to get a warm body in the seat. If they are moving quickly but still vetting you correctly, this is a good sign. If they are not vetting you accurately then beware, they may not be investing in you as an employee and rather, deciding a state of panic. 2. You will see how interested the company is in you as a candidate. If they genuinely think you could be a great fit, the interviewer will ask you what your timeline is in return. They will want to know how much time they have before another company makes an offer and scoops you up! 3. You will see how well-organized the company is (or is not!). If the interviewer doesn't know the hiring timeline, or cannot tell you what the next steps are in their interview process, this is a potential red flag. 4. You will be able to see how hierarchical the organization is. Does your interviewer seem empowered to make a decision when they see fit or do they need to consult with a million other people before making a final decision? You will want to avoid joining a rigid and hierarchical company.
By asking this question, your goal should be to find out what quality the interviewer values most for this position, assess whether you possess this quality, and then speak further about how you will meet this need. Let's say, for instance, the interviewer says that the most important quality to possess in this role is reliability. You can then begin to speak about how you have been reliable in the past, or with your most recent employer. Perhaps you stayed late when necessary, checked your emails after hours when you knew a client would be responding, or maybe you would bring coffee for the team when they were working late on a project. If the quality that the interviewer mentions are something you are not overly versed in, you can speak about how you are strengthening that area. For instance, if the essential quality is to be amazing in Excel, you could let the interviewer know that you are an intermediate user and that you are taking additional coursework this month to make sure you are in the expert level realm by the end of the year. Whatever the interviewers' response, the key is to support further how you will bring this vital quality to the company, should you be the successful candidate.
You will find out a few things when asking the interviewer what they like best about working for this employer. One, you will learn just how passionate (or not) the person interviewing with you is about their job. If they have a contagious enthusiasm after working at this company for many years, you can be confident in knowing that this is an excellent company to join. Two, you will learn about this person who you may work for, and what makes them tick. Are they open to communicate with you what they love about their job? Or, are they closed off and shut down your question after only engaging with you briefly? The way the interviewer answers this question should excite you and make you want to work for them. If their response is lackluster, you may want to take a more in-depth look at their employees' happiness levels.
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