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A job interview isn’t just about the company judging whether you’re right for the role. They are also being vetted by you, the potential employee, to see if the company is one you want to invest your time in. Thinking this way can help take the edge off your pre-interview nerves, but you should prepare for vetting the company to see if it’s right for you just as much as you should prepare your interview answers. So, what are the general things you should be looking out for when deciding whether the company is right for you?
The Business’ Financial Health
Whilst a company might make a great first impression on their website and in person, a professional and prosperous exterior can hide a multitude of problems that lay underneath the surface. You should always check out the company’s financial position before attending an interview. Making sure their turnover is healthy is important if you want to build a career within a company, as struggling companies are more likely to lay-off newer employees when things get tough. The government-run service Companies House offers information to the public regarding a businesses’ financial statuses, so you can search for your potential employer to ensure they don’t pose a risk to you.
When you go for your interview, take some time to observe the office as you walk through. Your preferences in terms of working environment will depend on you as an individual, but take note of what you see. Is it a creative environment where employees are relaxed and able to share ideas? Or is it more serious, with everyone knuckling down and concentrating? Generally, you’ll either get a positive or negative vibe from an office within a few seconds, and it’s up to the interviewer to seal the deal on whether you like it or not.
Keeping up with Technologies
If the company in question is living in the dark ages, the chances are it’s not going to be a very exciting or prosperous place to work. Ask about the programmes they use and technologies they’re thinking about investing in, whether that’s a cloud-based system, a new server, or a new piece of equipment that’s going to develop and improve the way they work. A company that isn’t aware of new and beneficial technologies is one that’s likely to get left behind, and it’s consequently not somewhere you should be looking to work in the long term.
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