Too often, I see someone get so excited to get a new job only to be blindsided by unexpected responsibilities or a toxic work culture. What if there was a way for you to spot red flags during your interview by asking specific questions? You are in luck because I’ve compiled some questions to help you get a better sense of the environment you are about to walk into:
1️⃣ Can you describe a typical day in this role?
This question can help you understand the day-to-day responsibilities and whether they align with your interests and expectations.
2️⃣What are the most challenging aspects of this job?
The answer to this question can give you an idea of what difficulties you might face and whether you’re equipped to handle them.
3️⃣What is the company culture like here?
This question is a great indicator of the work environment. Look for answers that suggest a supportive, inclusive, and respectful culture.
4️⃣How is success measured in this position?
This can help you understand the company’s expectations and how your performance will be evaluated.
5️⃣Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with?
The response can give you insights into the team dynamics and whether it’s a collaborative or competitive environment.
6️⃣What is the company’s approach to professional development and learning opportunities?
This will give you a sense of whether the company invests in the growth of its employees.
In addition to asking these questions, pay attention to red flags that might indicate a less-than-ideal work environment:
????High employee turnover: If employees don’t stick around for long, it might be indicative of a toxic work environment.
????Vague job description: If the company can’t clearly define what your role will be, you might end up with responsibilities you didn’t sign up for.
????Lack of transparency: If the interviewer is evasive or unclear about certain aspects of the job, it could be a sign that they’re trying to hide something.
????Disrespectful behavior: How you’re treated during the interview process can be indicative of how you’ll be treated as an employee.
????Poor work-life balance: If the company expects you to be available round the clock or doesn’t respect personal time, it can lead to burnout.
All in all be ready to walk away if you feel uncomfortable with their answers or ask for clarification. This will help you avoid potential disasters in the long run.