What a Company’s Interview Process Can Tell You About It
There is no doubt that an interview tells a company a lot about you. In turn, there is a lot you can learn about a company based on its interview process. Here is what you should look for when being interviewed by a company and what these things tell you about the organization in question.
Does The Interviewer Talk More Or Listen More?
An interviewer who takes over the conversation raises a red flag about the company, particularly if most of the chatter is “sales speak” to persuade you of the company’s merits or to explain its background. A poised interviewer puts enough trust in you to assume you have done the work, and dominating the conversation is indicative of one of two things. First, it may show that the company itself does not believe in its value, so it must talk itself up. Second, if the interviewer does not trust you to already know about the company, that risks coming across as patronizing.
What Is The Degree Of Transparency?
A company that gives every effort to keep applicants informed of requirements and where they stand is indicative of a company good to work for. It likely is how the company conducts business in general and how it treats employees—fairly and as valued resources. Is the interviewer talking about what systems they use, as well as what software and tools? Are they detailing not just about expectations but how they track and determine if you are meeting those expectations?
Are Certain Subjects Not Brought Up?
Speaking of transparency, another red flag is when an interviewer skips certain subjects. Inquiring about the day to day responsibilities is an important question to ask recruiters, but what if they don’t give a satisfactory result? For instance, if you never got a clear picture of your daily responsibilities or if they seem intentionally vague about them, it is cause for concern. If the interviewer can’t provide a clear description of the day to day tasks that are involved with a particular position, then you may end up taking the job and finding that it has nothing to do with what the original job description.
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