Turning the tables on interview questions
A member of The Extreme Business 100 recently asked me:
"If you were a prospective employee, do you have a question list that needs answering by a future Employer so that you can sort out the good from the bad? What would be on that question list ? This would be really helpful in preparing us for interviews."
My first thought was "how optimistic a request", supposing that interviewees usually arrive with a list of questions that went beyond:
"What are the hours?"
"What is the holiday entitlement?"
"When would I start?"
Is that me being a little too cynical?
In the rose-tinted world of well-prepared interview candidates, perhaps we could hope for:
"What career prospects do I have ahead of me and how would I progress?"
"Who will be my direct line manager and what is their experience?"
"When and how will my performance and behaviour be appraised?'
"What is your agenda for training and development this year?"
"Does the practice have a clear policy on the environment and sustainability?"
"Do you support the community and charities?"
"Will I be granted time for lifelong learning?"
Can you think of any more?