When you’re preparing for an interview, of course you want to anticipate the questions you’ll be asked. But be sure to take the time to plan the questions you want to pose, as well.
The best interviews are really conversations, as well they should be. You want to know if the position is the right fit for you—just as much as the company does. After all, your job takes up a good portion of your waking hours, so the company you join has to meet some of your basic needs.
One thing to ask about is why the last person left the position. The answer will tell you a lot about the dynamics of the company. Is the job vacant due to a promotion? Great. That means there’s room for advancement. Did the person get fired? That calls for additional probing to figure out what caused the company to take such drastic action. Is this a new position? Great again. That means growth, but also calls for more probing to see if it’s smart growth, or the kind that will have you out of a job in three months.
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