Glassdoor just announced the Employees’ Choice list of the 100 best places to work. Here’s the link to the list. https://www.glassdoor.com/Award/Best-Places-to-Work-LST_KQ0,19.htm
This gives great insight into what employees define as a best place to work. There’s the benefits they provide, the use of your skills and the culture of a company is important to understand.
Here are some things I learned the hard way over my 35+ years working in corporate America of things I should have considered before saying yes:
- Do your research before you go to your interview. There’s no reason you can’t spend 15 minutes on-line to find out what information is out there about the company.
- Ask simple questions at your interview, like “Where will I sit?” This is one I should have asked at many interviews, even after I didn’t learn my lesson from my first job out of college. My desk was in a trailer in the Midwest. It was a special project which was great but this space didn’t have running water and wasn’t ideal during the winter months.
- Ask your interviewer about the culture of the company. Every company has a culture — to me it’s the feeling you get when you spend time in a place, about what people say and what they do, and how they and others behave in meetings and with their co-workers.
- Don’t hesitate to ask to speak to ‘future’ team members during your interview. If they say no, take this response as a red flag.
- Take the on-line reviews you read about a company with a grain of salt. Most people only provide reviews when they are unhappy.
- Lastly and I think most importantly, ask yourself if you would feel proud to tell others where you work. If the answer isn’t a resounding yes, think twice about moving forward with an interview or an offer.
Need more ideas for interview questions? Check out Refinery29’s 9 Best Questions YOU Should Ask In A Job Interview