Three things to pay attention to when going for a job interview
The job market can be harsh sometimes. Some people will get rejected tens of times before they finally get invited for an interview. Job interviews can also be quite challenging; candidates want to be selected, but what you should never forget is that so do the employers too. Sure, every candidate is competing against many others for one specific job, but all employers are likewise competing with each other for the right candidate. In this two-way competition, as a qualified candidate, sometimes you get to choose where you want to work. This is why it is in your own interest to really think it through and to make a thoroughly informed decision. In this article, we highlight three aspects that can help you make your mind up about a company during the interview process.
1) Company culture
When you are trying to figure out whether the company you are going for an interview with is a right match for you, you should look into their company culture. This you can do for instance by consulting their corporate website, their social media accounts, or speaking to people that you know who work – or used to work – there. It is not only about the company’s mission and values, what they want to achieve on the market, it is also about how they will do that, and what shared mentality it creates as a result among the employees. Overtime, competitiveness between colleagues, chatty shared lunch breaks or desk-table dinners can have a strong impact on your day-to-day life.
2) Immediate colleagues & manager
Your immediate colleagues are the ones you will spend a lot of your time with. If you get to the final stages of a selection process, you could ask to meet them (formally or informally) in order to try and see whether you feel motivated to work with them. Similarly, assessing whether your future manager’s style of management suits you can potentially avoid mismatch. If you experience tensions during your interviews between your future colleagues or manager and yourself, these tensions could still be present once you are hired, which in turn would impact your employment there.
Obviously, one great advantage of being invited for an interview at the company where you would like to work is that you’ll be able to really get an on-site impression of the place. If you can, ask to see where your desk would be: that way, you can try to find out whether you can see yourself working there. The office could have high or low ceilings, be rather clean or dusty, your desk could stand in an open-space or not… After all, you would spend a large portion of your days there, so it is understandable that you would want to get a closer look.
Keep in mind these three aspects when deciding whether you want to work at a company, as they all have their impact on what working there would really feel like. Indeed, the important word here is feel – taking on a new job is a big decision that should be based on rational points, but feelings also matter for your motivation, certainly in the long run. If you feel particularly uncomfortable at a company about any of these aspects, it may be worth reconsidering working there. On the opposite, a good match between your professional personality and any of these aspects can really act as a powerful force for a lasting motivation.