10 Vibe Checks Before Taking the Job

When was the last time you interviewed an employer?

two-businessmenI don’t mean, “When was your last interview?”

I mean when did you last check them out?

A job posting can be an awesome aspirational costume draped over rough company culture. You put your best foot forward, polish your application, and dress to impress at the interview. But you’re so focused on how they see you that you might forget to ask: How do you see them?

A job interview should be a two-way street. You’re checking one another out.

I know this can be really hard when you feel like the interviewers hold the power to shape your future. But the reality is that they need you, too.

Bookmark these 10 steps to get that gut-check evaluation you need:

  1.  Review tweets, videos, Instagram posts, and Facebook posts to get an idea of what is important to the team.
  2.  Read the company’s corporate website, marketing materials, and shareholder reports.
  3.  Show up early for the interview so you can see how employees interact with one another.
  4.  When asking questions to employees, note their response time. The quicker, the better for a positive culture.
  5.  Note if they make a big deal over things like a foosball or ping pong table. Culture is more than a recreational game.
  6.  Check out the office aesthetic. Mess, boxes, and crooked artwork show a lack of care for physical space.
  7.  Find videos and talks from senior staff. Culture flows from the top, so decide if these are people you want to work with and for.
  8.  Find customers, suppliers, and partners to speak to about customer service and culture.
  9.  Note what time people are showing up and leaving. Find out if 10-hour days are the norm.
  10.  Check out Muse, Glass Door, and Ladders to search for company profiles.

Remember: Once you’ve established your career identity, it becomes just like your favorite mug. It travels with you from position to position, from company to company.

Armed with your career identity and professional boundaries, you are able to carefully and confidently evaluate if this company is able to give you what you need.

And if the idea of holding equal power at an interview table makes you a little queasy, it’s a good sign that you need to manage your mind.

Originally published on jillgriffincoaching.com



Jill Griffin

Jill Griffin

Jill has spent her career driving impact, inspiration, and culture within global organizations and start-ups. She’s led innovation, digital and media strategy, content development, and marketing programs for many of the world’s top brands. Her executive career coaching, strategy and innovation has generated multi-millions in revenue for the world's largest agencies, start-ups and well-known brands. She’s helped hundreds of high achievers manage imposter syndrome, amplify strengths, increase visibility, change careers, land dream job, reframe career stories AND navigate challenging environments all while maintaining their wellbeing.

As an ExecuNet Career Strategist and Career Coach, Jill works 1:1 with high-level senior executives providing strategic guidance and coaching to help them land their next great opportunity. This includes uncovering their unique personal value proposition and defining competitive differentiators to advance their careers. Additionally, she provides detailed feedback for improving a personal marketing collateral—well beyond their résumé. Leveraging her expertise, Jill guides executives through the entire process from entering the job market, identifying the path to success, to onboarding with their new company and beyond to create job security. Find out more about Jill.

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