Interviewing is often thought to be an interaction between candidate and potential employer where the employer is in control asking many questions to assess the candidate for their needs. 4However, it is important that the candidate do as much interviewing of the employer as well. Here are a few things to consider when you are interviewing a potential organization.
Pay and benefits
Of course, pay is often the first thing on your mind looking for a new job. Most candidates hope to get a bump in pay switching jobs. Be aware that pay is only one part of your total compensation. Take the time to figure out the value of all of your benefits including paid time off, health benefits, flexible scheduling, and other rewards. Compare what you have, what you need, and what the potential employer is offering. You should also know what your minimum salary requirements are. This information will help you level the playing field when comparing job offers.
Think about when you are willing to work. Do you like working early morning or late evening? Understand companies have certain hours for a reason, usually to best service their customers. If you cannot stay until 6 p.m. in the evenings, do not accept a job that requires late evening, then one week later ask for earlier hours. This will only frustrate your manager and could strain your relationship with the employer. Know when you can, and want, to work from the start. Be honest and flexible.
Culture is one of those things that may not seem so important in an interview, until you are working there and find you are being micromanaged. Think about what type of environments where you will do best your best work. If you are not sure, think about volunteer or academic projects that you have enjoyed and excelled at. Consider what made those environments work for you.
The psychological contract describes the unwritten rules and expectations of an employee-employer relationship. First, figure out what you expect from an employer. For example, do you want a hands-on boss to mentor you? Or perhaps you want the opportunity to attend conferences. Then, try to understand what the organization expects from you. Do they want you to be proactive in your own learning, absorbing new industry information on your own time? Or maybe they have a culture where many employees work late and weekends without being asked.