Job applicants are often so worried about how they come across to their prospective employer that they forget interviews should be a two-way street. As a job applicant, you should be asking yourself ‘is this the type of place I want to work?’ throughout the recruitment process. If you ignore any red flags or warning bells, you could find yourself in a job that you hate or that you end up leaving after three months.

Be Critical When Evaluating the Company:

It can be very exciting to be asked along for interview – particularly if you are approached by the company rather than sending in a resume. However, at every stage of the recruitment process you should be critically evaluating whether this is the right employer for you. Does the culture feel like one you would be comfortable in? Do you agree with the company values? If not, think twice about accepting an offer of employment.

Ask Questions:

At the interview, there will normally be time set aside for you to ask questions of the interview panel. Usually this will take place at the end of the interview. Have some questions prepared that are important to you, for example:

Where does the company see the role in three years time?
Why has the role become vacant?
What scope will you have to make the job your own?

If you are not invited to ask questions, or if questions naturally arise during the interview, don’t be afraid to speak up.

Haggle for the Best Terms:

Be clear about the package on offer and, if it does not meet your expectations, don’t be afraid to spell out what you are looking for. Your negotiating power is much stronger before you start with a company. They have a role to fill and, if you are the right candidate, they could be keen to match your expectations to get you in post as soon as possible.