Interviews are intimidating by nature. They can feel like an interrogation while you are trying to present the best version of yourself. However, it’s important to think of the interview process as a mutual back-and-forth. Though traditionally thought of solely as a way for employers to get to know candidates, it is equally important for candidates to seize the opportunity to get to know their potential employers. As such, if you are invited to interview for a specific job, be prepared to ask appropriate, targeted questions, so that you are able to properly evaluate the role, the company and the company culture.
A recent article on Glassdoor’s website lists a number of questions to consider asking during an interview, to gain insight to the individual and organization that are trying to find out about you. A few highlights:
1. What are the company’s values? What characteristics do you look for in employees in order to represent those values? This will help you get a feel for the company culture as well as insight into the company and the individuals who comprise it.
2. What does success look like in this position and how do you measure it? This can help you gauge what the expectations will be and how best to meet them.
3. Is there anything about my background or resume that makes you question whether I am a good fit for this role? This enables you to respond to any potential concerns right off the bat — and to come prepared with a solid answer.
Understandably, interviewing following a cancer diagnosis can add yet another layer to the usual level of anxiety and stress that accompanies the job-search process. Making extra sure you are prepared for certain questions that come your way, as well as having your own questions ready to go, is key to feeling confident when you walk through that door.