Anita Bruzzese: Your questions reveal a lot about a company

October 24, 2013

An interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. The job seeker feels pressure to answer questions and make a good impression. But career experts say interviews need to be two-way streets if job seekers want to make sure they won’t hate their new jobs in six months.

Specifically, job candidates must be armed with questions to really learn what an organization is all about. They’ve got to ferret out information that can help them avoid a boss who channels Attila the Hun or land in an organization that is a poster child for dysfunctional companies.

“People think an interview is when they have to sell themselves,” says Alexandra Levit, co-founder of the Career Advisory Board. “But I think it’s also a time to ask questions and find out more about the employer.”

You should ask to talk to other employees who would be colleagues if a job is offered, Levit says.

“Ask them questions about what sets the organization apart, what they really like about the company and their jobs,” she says.

Companies are likely to offer “rah-rah” employees who will say only good things about the employer, but Levit says they still can offer valuable information.

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