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Interviewing your interviewer

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TalentZoo’s post about Questions you Absolutely Must Ask your Interviewer got me thinking about advice we might give our creative talent. Author Steve Jones makes a great point that an interview isn’t just a one-way street. It’s also about you discovering whether the role and company are good fit. Asking insightful questions can help put you in charge of the direction of the discussion, enabling you to highlight your achievements and learn about any potential pitfalls of the employer.

It’s best to ask the interviewer both questions about the company, and questions about the interviewer and how he/she views the company. Good things to know about the company include:

  • What are some exciting upcoming projects? 
  • Where do you see this team in the next year? 
  • What are the company statistics regarding employee satisfaction and turnover? 
  • What does the company require of each new employee in terms of contracts, onboarding, and training? 
  • How does the company measure success? 
  • Can you describe your company culture?

Also, take the opportunity to gain insight from the interviewer about their perspective. For example:

  • What do you like most/least about working here?
  • What made you choose to work here? 
  • What are you hoping to find in your next hire?
  • What is typically the biggest challenge for a new employee? 
  • How does the company encourage employee growth? 
  • What does a bad day look like here? What does a GREAT day look like?

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