Questions to Ask During an Interview
by monsterstaff, published 10/16/2013
Option 1Check out employer review sites (but do so with caution). These sites are often filled with biased reviews from disgruntled employees, crafty HR professionals or sneaky competitors (not to mention the lack of a representative sample and compilation of data over several years). That said, it’s a starting point to give you some directional data on culture just take these reviews with a grain of salt.
Option 2You can also get a sense of culture by asking these three simple questions during your interview process. These questions are based in part on research (both our research and others’) on the importance of culture and how it affects the employee experience. There are likely more questions you can ask, so this list is by no means exhaustive.
- What do employees like most about working here, and what do they think can be improved? Listen for candor. Are you getting the sugarcoated story about how awesome this place is or, are you getting both the good and the bad? No workplace is perfect, and great places to work recognize what they need to work on.
- Who tends to be successful here? Are they able to answer the question easily? If so, does the description of who is successful sound like you? If they struggle to answer this question, then how will you know if you will be successful? If they can’t articulate what success looks like, then hitting your performance goals may feel like trying to shoot an arrow to hit a bullseye tied to a back of a dog chasing a cat.
- Why do people leave? Are they continuously being poached for talent or losing out on salary or career opportunities? Do employees make careers here or, do they tend to burn out after a year or two and move on?