Archive for April 2018

April Interview Tips

Talk with someone on your level If you really want to know what it will be like to work in a department, ask if you can speak with someone at your level when you come in for the interview. This will give you insight into management tactics, workloads and introduce you to one of your potential coworkers. Hiring managers likely have conducted multiple interviews and have standard answers to common candidate questions, but a potential colleague would simply answer your questions honestly and openly. When you’re trying to determine an interview time and discussing whom you will speak with, don’t be afraid to request some time with someone on your level. Most employers will be happy to accommodate, and if they won’t, their reasons why could also be revealing.

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April Interview Tips

Set up scenarios In interviews, you’ll often be given scenarios and asked how you’d react in certain situations. Don’t be afraid to set up your own scenarios to see how management would react to determine the culture and environment you’ll be joining. Ask about a real-life scenario, such as “If I have to schedule a doctor’s appointment during the day, is that something that would require submitting time off?” The answer will tell you whether you’re joining a more relaxed environment or one that is very structured. Depending on your preference for a work environment, the answer could reveal if this is a team you’d like to join.

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April Interview Tips

Know what you’re looking for A lot of potential employees like to hear about team retreats and activities as part of a company’s culture, but when you’re in an interview, be realistic about what kind of environment you want to be a part of. If you have family obligations or small children, you might want to look for a company that does their team building during office hours only. A good team doesn’t have to spend time together outside of work to have camaraderie. And if you join a department that does a lot of team building on weekends or after hours, you risk alienating yourself if you don’t take part. Make sure the team you’re joining is the right fit for you, not just the one that seems like they have the most fun culture.

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