Without a job, I finally have a chance to catch up on a few things. Going through some email I'd filed to get to "later", I found the following video from Dice.com:
I wish I'd come across this before. I've always done my best to be interactive during a job interview, but my questions usually revolved around benefits and career path. (NOTE: every company I've ever interviewed for lied to me about the career path.) Out of my last 3 jobs, I left 2 of them because there was no possible way to advance from the position I was in. Well, there was that once every 20 years when the moon aligns with a supervisor's retirement, but that was more than 15 years off.
Dice advises you to ask 3 questions:
- Why is this position vacant? (Or, why did the last person leave?)
- Can you describe what my first day, week, and month will be like?
- Can you describe the ideal candidate?
When I was hired for the job I lost yesterday, I made a big hit by asking my program manager and the regional Vice President the question: "What do you like about this company? What makes you get up every morning to come to work here?"