At the end of the day, everyone has different values and different things that are important to them. Although I'm not saying that they're aren't companies out there that are being purposefully deceitful (I've worked for some myself), most of the time these surprises are due to us not asking the right questions during the interview.
To come up with the list of questions I first go back to what is important to me as an employee. I write down all of my deal breakers and make sure to google the company and see what others are saying. I also read their website through the lens of my deal breakers. That’s how I start to get the base questions.
So an example, having a manager that is supportive is very important to me. By supportive I mean someone who trusts me, believes in my potential, and is excited about seeing me WIN. To find out if my future manager will be supportive I ask things like: Can you tell me about a time when one of your direct reports had an idea for a process improvement? or Can you tell me about the person on your team that has grown the most over the past year? I keep my questions open on purpose, because I don’t want to lead them to an answer, I want to know the truth.
I have a blog post lined up where I’m going to share the step-by-step process I use to come up with questions to ask during interviews in order to get truthful answers about your deal-breakers. I’m even sharing the list of questions I asked a company I interviewed with last year. Click here to join my newsletter so that you’re notified when it’s released. I share my blog content with my subscribers way before I share it with everyone else. Don’t worry, I won’t spam you. Plus, you can unsubscribe at any time.
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