(Closed) How do you "screen" the employer through interviews?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ask about the turn over rate among employees. That can give you an idea of what it’s like to work for that company. My last job had a ridiculously high turn over rate. After I’d started my third year with them, I was the most senior employee other than management. My new job has a low turn over rate. Everyone has been with the company for at least five years. 

I try to get a vibe from the person doing the interview. In my field, it’s usually the company director who does interviews and would be my immediate supervisor. If he/she seems stuffy or hard to please, I’m much more hesitant about accepting the position. 

Hope that helps. 

Post # 4
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9956 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Start with researching the company itself…

Read all you can online.  Try to get a copy of their Annual Report.  That can tell you a lot are their numbers on the way up, stagnant, or the way down.

Find out what the pay scale, vacations & benefits package looks like… sometimes on line (in the least you can ask at HR)

See if you can’t find a way to meet / connect with employees who work for this company.

When you go for the interview, be uber-observant… what do you see in their offices around you.

# 1… DO PEOPLE LOOK HAPPY

AND don’t be shy… ask Questions in the Interview… as someone who has been on an Interview Team in the past, it is refreshing to be on the receiving line of such an applicant… we want to know that you are happy with us, as much as we are happy with you.

Hope this helps,

PS.. You can probably find more info on these topics on line, and what type of things to research out, Questions to ask etc.

 

Post # 5
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2352 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ask what specific job duties the position calls for, why the last person quit, what training opportunities they offer, how much opportunity for advancement there is, what the culture of the team hiring is like, what the management style is like, how the company handles downsizing if it ever becomes neccessary, how us skills can be utilized the most, the biggest challenges in the role needing to be filled, how long it takes a new hire to become fully trained and self sufficient….things like that.  

Post # 6
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1044 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ask how long  the interviewer has been with the company, what they like about working there, and what keeps them with the company, also, why the person currently in the position your interviewing for is leaving. You might want to ask about the work culture- is it causal, corporate, very professional, etc. Also, see if you can speak directly with the person who you’ll be working with, see if you click with them and ask their work ethic/style.

last time I was interviewing I found a great organization filled with young, fun people, but the minute I started asking the above questions everything unravelled. They had no idea what my job would be like, who I would be reporting to, and they were all with the org less than a year. Even though they would have been really great to work with, I had to pass on the job- I need structure and they were clearly lacking that.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I can’t give this advice from experience, but perhaps turn up quite early and talk to the receptionist (in an easy “I’m just making poliet chit-chat” kind of way) “How long have you worked here?” blah blah blah. You might even be able to sus out other people’s feelings by listening. Along that note, ask to use the restroom. Hopefully that will take you to near people’s desks so that you can get a feel for the vibe of the place.

Post # 9
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953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I can definitely relate to this. I hate job-jumping, I like to stay with a job for as long as possible. My last job only lasted 6 weeks because I settled for something just like you did, and as time went on I began to really hate it. I’m trying to hold out and not settle this time but the fact that we need the money, and there don’t seem to be too many places hiring is really making it hard. 

Post # 11
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953 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@gramgeek:  Thanks, same to you 🙂 Two years is definitely enough time to have given it your best shot.

I like to look at what valuable lessons I gained from each position and boss, no matter how shitty, and apply that to the search for what comes next. At the last place I was at, I stuck it out for a while even though I got a weird vibe from the people from day one. Always go with your gut.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina:  +1

I’ve been working in my office for 2 years and there are only 4 of the original 15 people working here (including myself).  I’ve seen so many new people it’s absurd.  Even from a year ago there are at least 8 new people.

Post # 13
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527 posts
Busy bee

I ask about my direct supervisor’s management style.  I can’t stand micromanagers.  When I interviewed for my current job, I directly asked my now-supervisor about that, and he was very clear that he did NOT like micromanaging.  So that made me comfortable with taking the job. 

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