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Questions to Ask During an Interview

Picture this: you’ve reached the end of the interview, having successfully answered all the questions thrown your way, when you are asked the final question, “Do you have any questions for us?” It’s fairly common for most interviews to end this way, so along with doing your research ahead of time and prepping for common interview questions, you should also have prepared some questions for you to ask. In today’s blog, we’ll highlight some of the best questions you can ask during an interview which will give you more insight into the job and company culture, as well as show the interviewer you’re interested in the role and care about landing the position.

 

What would a typical day look like?

Getting a clearer idea of what a typical workday would be in the new role will help you determine if it’s a good fit for your skillset and if you’d be spending your time doing what you enjoy. It may be that on paper the role sounds great, but when you’re given an example day you realize you’d be spending your time doing tasks you don’t enjoy.

 

Who’s your ideal candidate for this role, and how do I compare?

When a hiring manager posts a job, they usually have an ideal person for the role in their mind. Find out how you compare to that vision, what you’re possibly missing, and see if you can clear up anything to help the interviewer see that you would be a good fit for the role.

 

What’s the best thing about working here?

If the interviewer isn’t able to sell you on the idea of working at the company, that could be a pretty big red flag. If you ask this question, it will hopefully be met with some great examples. You want to work at a company whose values and mission are in-line with what you’re looking for.

 

What’s the history of this position?

You want to make sure you’ll be successful in your new role, so it’s important to find out why the position is available and why the person previously doing the job is no longer there. If it’s a role that no one has yet to be successful in, or isn’t clearly defined, that can also be reason for concern.

 

How do you evaluate success here?

You’ll want to know what metrics the company uses to measure success so you can be ready to hit the ground running should you get the position. This will give you an idea of what expectations they have for the role and insight into how you can best achieve them.

 

What are the next steps?

Before leaving, try to find out what the next steps will be. Ask the interviewer when you should expect to hear back from them or if they plan on having a second interview with you. This will show them you’re eager about the role, and for you, it will provide a better idea if you should continue to interview with other companies in the meantime.

Questions to Ask During an Interview

Signs It's Time to Find a New Job

In late June of 2021 it was estimated that “Nearly 25% of employees are planning to look for a new job once the pandemic is over.” We’re in the midst of what has been dubbed as “The Great Talent Migration” and many employees looking to switch roles are doing so for better work-life balance, remote work flexibility, and company culture. If you’re part of the 25% considering looking for a new role, there are some clear signs it’s time to move on. The below warning signs can help you feel more confident in your decision to move on and know it’s indeed time to find a new job.

 

When You’ve Grown as Much as You Can

If you feel like you’ve plateaued in your job, and there isn’t any opportunity or room for further career growth, it’s probably a sign to move on. You want to be in a career with a clear path for advancement and opportunities for promotions. If you’ve maxed out all the learning you can in your role, are bored with your daily tasks, and have nothing new on the horizon, the first step is to talk to your manager and see if there are any opportunities you haven’t considered. If not, it’s probably time to look elsewhere so you can continue to learn and grow in your career.

 

You’re Working in an Unhealthy Environment

Whether it’s negative co-workers or a manager you can’t get along with, working in an unhealthy environment isn’t worth staying in your job for. Even if you’re able to get along with those you work with, there can be other signs you work in a toxic environment. These can include unethical behavior from leadership, controlling management behavior, lack of appreciation, etc. Working in such an environment will lead to unnecessary emotional stress and it’s a clear sign that you need to find a different company.

 

There are better opportunities elsewhere

If you feel like you’re not being paid fair compensation, and have done a bit of research to determine that you’d be better served working at another organization, it may be time to start interviewing for new roles. Beyond a higher salary, other roles may offer more career advancement and the opportunity to learn from those who are career role models for you and would offer invaluable mentorship opportunities.

 

You hate going to work every day

If each morning you wake up dreading the thought of going to work, and can’t imagine yourself staying there much longer, it may be time to make a move NOW. Finding a new role that’s a good fit for you can take time, so it’s worth starting that process immediately if you’re unhappy. You spend a large portion of your day at work, and while no job is perfect, you should spend more of your time enjoying what you do than dreading it.

 

Signs It's Time to Find a New Job

Tips on Becoming a More Effective Communicator

Effective communication, both verbal and nonverbal, are key to presenting your thoughts and knowledge in a confident manner. Whether you want to be more persuasive during your next presentation, or simply have a more engaging conversation, effective communication is an important skill that can help you achieve success in all areas of your life. Here are a few simple steps to becoming a more successful communicator…

 

Know Your Audience

Your communication style should be influenced by who you’re talking to or who you are writing for. Depending on who you’re communicating with, you’ll want to modify your language and be mindful not to use acronyms or specific industry terms unless that applies to your audience. Don’t assume that your audience knows what you know. It’s better to provide more details, or a further explanation, to help them understand your topic.

 

Be Concise

When it comes to effective communication, less is more. Especially when writing, ask yourself if you’re adding filler words or phrases to your sentences and if there’s a way to say it more concisely. Start with writing your main points and elaborate as necessary. In email especially, try to keep it under 3 sentences and cut any jargon that isn’t necessary.

 

Listen More

Communication is a two-way street, and the most effective communicators are also the best listeners. If instead of being present and truly listening, you're focusing on what you’re going to say next, you’ll end up missing out on important comments, reactions, or body language cues. By staying focused and giving the other person your undivided attention, you’ll make them feel like their opinion matters.

 

Be Mindful of Body Language

When speaking, be mindful of your tone and body language. Even if you’re saying something agreeable, if your body language is defensive or standoffish, that’s what others will be influenced by. To be an effective communicator, have a friendly and welcoming posture; have your arms uncrossed, make eye-contact, and have a genuine smile on your face.

Tips on Becoming a More Effective Communicator

What to Know About Work Burnout

Work burnout affects all of us at one point or another. A recent Indeed study found that “more than half (52%) of respondents are feeling burned out, and more than two-thirds (67%) believe the feeling has worsened over the course of the pandemic.” Some of the classic signs of burnout include exhaustion, lack of motivation, inability to stay focused, and irritability. Here are some additional insights about burnout you may find interesting and some actionable steps on how to deal with it.

 

Burnout is different than stress

Stress and burnout may sound like the same thing, but they have different characteristics. Stress is brought on by a certain circumstance and only lasts for a short duration. Burnout is the feeling of being overwhelmed for a long period of time and feeling like you're never able to take a break and recharge. Psychology Today says that “under stress, you still struggle to cope with pressures. But once burnout takes hold, you’re out of gas and you’ve given up all hope of surmounting your obstacles. When you’re suffering from burnout, it’s more than just fatigue.” Work stress will come and go, but burnout is something you can’t easily shake.

 

Burnout can affect even those that love their jobs

Interestingly, in an article on Thrive Global, they found that “employees driven by purpose are significantly more stressed compared to those who aren’t”. Those that are trying to do their best work and are passionate about their job and company mission try to give their all even at the possible detriment of their wellbeing. If you find yourself burning the candle at both ends, exhausted and feeling burnout, this can be a sign you need to take care of yourself first. See if you can delegate some of your workload or talk to your manager about creating a better work-life balance and more manageable work schedule.

 

Burnout can affect everyone on the team

Burnout tends not to be an individual issue but usually affects the team as a whole. In the same Thrive Global article, they explain that “studies on doctors and nurses demonstrate that when one person in a work environment is experiencing emotional exhaustion and burnout, more of their colleagues are likely to experience burnout, too.” Burnout it seems is contagious, but the flip side is that when one person starts to create a better work-life balance others follow suit. Lead by example and take a lunch break away from your desk, be diligent about setting boundaries and not working off-hours; manage others’ expectations and your schedule realistically so you’re not having to work around the clock. Be the spark in your office culture to inspire others to make their work-life balance a priority.

 

What to Know About Work Burnout