Balancing act: Avoid nasty surprises of new job by preparing before interview
Robert Half's press release offers several suggestions, including:
- "Research the company in advance of the interview. Knowledge is power." I've definitely found this to be true. I did quite a bit of research on my current employer before my interview, so I felt ready to ask good questions.
- "Ask questions to reveal the story behind why the role is being filled — is it because someone left the company or got promoted?" I haven't been as successful at this in the past, but if you have the chance to gather this kind of information, I would highly recommend it.
- "If the opportunity presents itself, take time to talk to your future co-workers. They will have the inside scoop." We did this at one of the newspapers I worked for, as a bunch of us would take potential new reporters to lunch after their official interviews. I think the candidates liked it, because they could get a healthy dose of truth. We liked it, too, because it let us get to know possible future co-workers.
Leave a comment online or send me an email with your ideas, and I'll likely use some of them when I revisit this issue in a future column.
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