Congratulations, you have a terrific new job! You’re excited when you show up on the first day, but over the next few weeks (or sooner), you realize that the job is not what you expected. You’re miserable, and you’re wondering what could have gone wrong.
Many of us forget that the interview should be a two-way street. Just as companies question candidates to find out if they have the qualifications to fill the open position, candidates need to determine if the open position is right for them.
I once lost sight of my responsibility to investigate whether the job was right for me. The company had a great reputation and the job was the perfect next step in my career progression. I was so smitten by these factors, that I didn’t really do the due diligence I should have and ignored some warning signs that surfaced during the interview process. When they offered me the job and a substantial salary increase, I was completely swept off my feet. On my first day, my dreams were dashed when I realized that the job wasn’t exactly as advertised.
I didn’t ask questions about the company culture or how my future boss would measure success of the incumbent in the position. I ignored some inconsistent messages that I received during the process. In short, I forgot that job interviews are two-way streets and I didn’t do my part.
Questions that I should have asked during the interview process include:
- For the candidate who gets this job, six months from now, what will they need to be doing to be successful?
- What aspects of this position that aren’t in the job description that a new person should understand to be successful?
- What advice do you have for new employees about adapting to the company culture?
- What is the typical career path for employees hired into this position?
The period between the time that the job is offered and the candidate makes a decision, the successful candidate can use that opportunity to clarify any questions that you may have. Just remember not to overboard.
Just as companies want to make sure that they hire the right candidate, candidates should make sure that the job they take is right for them.
QUESTION: What questions do you ask about a job in an interview?
Leadership/Career Coach Kris Ishibashi is a certified Hogan provider. She works with leaders to bring together their skills, their authentic selves, and their intentions to inspire their organizations to superior performance. Click here to set up a complimentary consultation.