The Real Question We Need to Start Asking Employers
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown our lives for a loop — especially in the business world. Many of us have either been laid off, furloughed, or forced to work fewer hours.
With unemployment at a staggering rate of 11.1% as of June 2020, some of these jobs may never even come back. Eventually, we will need to get back into the workforce or find a job replacement.
The hardest part of having to get a new job? The interviews.
If you’re lucky enough even to land an interview, it’s essential to have the confidence and skills needed to ensure it goes well. Interviews are an excellent way for employers to get to know you and determine if you will be a good fit for the position.
Expect a lot of questions, but also be prepared to ask your own.
“A job interview is a two-way communication to probe for cultural and team fit. No matter which side of the table you sit, you should be asking questions that are important to you without fear.” — Salil Jha, Author
What We’ve Been Asking
It would be wrong to assume an interview is all about getting to know you.
Not only are they interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them. Use this time to your advantage and find out as much information as possible about the company. Of course, do your research as well.
Before you go to your interview, you should think about every question you need to ask. Which ones are the most important to you?
You might ask questions such as:
- What’s the workload?
- How much will I be compensated?
- What will be my work hours?
These are general questions you should be asking any employer — you need to know what you’re getting yourself into. It helps show the employer that you are interested and engaged.