Many times over the years in the business we have had candidates tell us, “I don’t want to go on the interview because I heard blah, blah, blah about the company, and it is always “bad stuff”. I always tell candidates to be careful and not judge a book by its cover. Companies change, people change, and you should not put your career in the hands of someone else. My advice has always been to find out for yourself. Remember it’s your career, then go on the interview. You can always decline the offer and move on. Below are factors to consider the next time you consider canceling an interview because of what you heard on the street. Unless your source is Huggy Bear, in which case you may want to listen!
- Do your research on the company using the internet. Go to their website, go to Linkedin and source the people you would be meeting with. Look at their background including the number of years they have worked at the company. Formulate both your own opinion and questions you would like to discuss with the employer when meeting with them.
- Corporate culture is important for most candidates looking for either a job or a better opportunity. That is one area that cannot be evaluated unless you actually go on the interview and judge for yourself. You can get a feel for that early on in the interview. This can be judged when you first meet them, when you walk around with them, and when you go to their office. Observe things, such as how they greet their employees, and fellow associates, plus how people greet them. Look at their office. Do they have family pictures? Do they have anything in their office that gives you insight into their personality. Keep your eyes open!
- Ask good questions. Good questions to ask are what is the average tenure of the employees at the company? Why? Find out why the position is open, and where did that person go. How long has it been open and why? How many people have been in the job in the recent history and why did they leave? These are the kind of questions that would help you formulate your own opinion and come to your own conclusions.
- You must pay attention on the interview. Observe if the interviewer is paying attention to you. Are they focused? Or do they seem to be distracted? These are additional items that can give you insight to the company. The great UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, from many years ago, once said, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen”.
The best advice I can give any prospective candidate is to find out for yourself, and don’t jump to conclusions from what you found on the internet, unless you are of the opinion that everything on the internet is true. In addition when you get advice from your confidants, just be careful. They may be right, but, and this is a big but, it is always better to find out for yourself. Good luck !