Asked by Nigel on March 5, 2017
Answered by Bret, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on March 8, 2017
Great question! Something that most candidates won’t understand is the team dynamics you would enter into if you found the job, or the company culture. Some of the more progressive companies today are working hard to make testimonials, videos and other content available to help candidates understand if they would be a good fit. This is still a hard thing to understand going in.
Also, just like a candidate puts their best version forward in an interview, so does an employer. Meaning they will often talk about the great things happening in the company and paint a picture of positive work environment while leaving out some of the day-to-day challenges of the job or the company.
When interviewing, don’t be shy to ask questions that help get the full story of the team and environment you would be joining. Think about how you would be empowered. How you would be developed. How you would be coached and mentored. Don’t be shy to probe deeply into these areas in a respectful way.
Best of luck!
Answered by Allegra, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on March 10, 2017
Like Bret mentioned, it's difficult to really know team dynamics, and even sub-cultures of an organization until you join them. One part of the business may operate slightly different than another. You also may not know what the 5 - 10 year direction is for the organization. Don't be afraid to ask questions like are there major changes expected in the near future which may directly impact this role? You want to have a solid understanding of anything that the company is already aware of (that they can share) that will impact the company or the job.
I recommend connecting with current employees to get various perspectives. If you don't know people at the company, you can connect with current employees on LinkedIn. When people love what they do and love their company, they LOVE to share information.
Hope this helps!
Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on March 13, 2017
I’m not sure if I understand the question, but I do think this is a great question to ask the interviewer. When interviewing, communication is a two way street. You are interviewing the company for fit and as are they. There is no reason not to ask challenging questions in an interview. Good luck.