After hours spent meticulously fine-tuning your cover letter and résumé, you’ve finally scored an elusive interview with the employer of your dreams.
At least, that’s what you think.
In our eagerness to impress hiring managers and potential future bosses, many of us come fully prepared to sell ourselves in a job interview — but neglect to ask key questions of our own. You know, the kind that can help reveal if it really is a dream to work at a given company.
“Most of us go into an interview like we would a beauty pageant, where we sit there feeling judged,” says Suzanne Lucas, a human resources veteran and blogger at EvilHRLady. “And, we’re okay with this because we have this idea that of course we’ll be happy if we’re offered the job. But, learning about an organization’s culture is so important because you’ll only be happy — and thrive — at a company if it fits.”
When it comes to learning more about a company’s office culture, we’re not just talking about free-flowing snacks and whether or not you can bring Fido to work on Fridays. It’s about much more than that — like whether the management team values all staffers’ opinions as well as fosters communication among coworkers.
And, while you could come right out and ask your interviewer what the company’s culture is like, experts say you’ll get more honest and less-canned responses if you pose subtle questions — like these six asks.